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USC to commemorate 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination

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The University of South Carolina will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King with a series of public events, including a film screening, a community breakfast and a performing arts show. The events, to be held Jan. 18-21, mark the university’s 35th annual celebration of the life of the civil rights leader.

The USC School of Law will open the events on Jan. 18 with a screening of the film “Rikers: An American Jail,” a documentary exploring the toll of mass incarceration, followed by a panel discussion including former S.C. representative I.S. Leevy Johnson and Benny Custodio, a former Rikers inmate and current prison reform advocate.

The annual commemoration breakfast will be held on Jan. 19 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Events conclude Jan. 21 with a performance titled “Freedom Rings: An artistic celebration of the life of Dr. Martin L. King Jr.” The performance will feature the Columbia Children’s Community Choir, the Columbia City Ballet and the Carolina Collegiate Super Choir, with members from USC, Claflin University, South Carolina State University, Allen University, Benedict College and Columbia College.

For more information, call 803-777-9943. 

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