MLK Day Events

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  • Folks gathered at the State House during this year's King Day at the Dome.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Several events are planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Columbia Urban League's 12th Annual Keeping the Legacy Alive Breakfast is at 8a.m. at 1054 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia.  Governor Mark Sanford is expected to be in attendance.


The King Salute begins at the Zion Baptist Church, located at 801 Washington in Columbia, at 8:30a.m.  It will be a celebration of Dr. King's legacy.  NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous will be at the 10th annual King Day at the Dome march and rally.  The group will march from the church to the State House.


From 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m., the Day of Service will take place for the Carolina Service Council and Community Service programs.  Call 803-777-5400 for details.


Richland One students who collected food to honor Dr. King will be recognized at the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  The district hopes to set a new record, collecting more than last year's total of 13,500 pounds of food.


Chappelle Memorial A.M.E. Church will hold a special MLK program at 10:30 a.m. at the church located at 1101 Pine Street in Columbia. News19's Curtis Wilson will be the emcee of that event.


At 3p.m., City of Columbia officials will unveil a historic marker to honor King at the intersection of Harden and Greene streets. 


To see the News19 interview about the historic marker unveiling click the video box on the right.


The 22nd Annual MLK celebration is at 4 p.m. at MLK Park at 2300 Greene Street in Five Points.



The MLK Day Concert is at 4p.m.  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gaillard Auditorium at 77 Calhoun Street in Charleston.


At 10a.m., volunteers will meet in the parking lot of Grace Christian Church at 5010 Monticello Road in Columbia for a clean-up effort.  Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide trash bags, water and latex gloves.  Registration is not required, but you are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and work gloves.  Call 803-733-1139 for more details.


From noon to 3p.m. in the State Museum Atrium, City Year will hold a community carnival.  Carnival games, and singing and dancing groups will be available to enjoy.


United Way of the Midlands is also mobilizing volunteers for a day of service to the community.  Six projects will give volunteers a chance to help in a variety of quality activities.  Volunteers will be a sent to assist people at various locations like a domestic violence shelter and City Year.  Visit or call 803-758-6987 for more details.

Street closings through downtown Columbia will begin at 6:30a.m., until the end of the festivities.

For more events on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, visit the Community Calendar at

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