Join the 2014 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 08, 2014

Aiken, SC – Aiken Technical College and USC Aiken are pleased to present a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00pm in the University’s Convocation Center.  The Honorable Mignon Clyburn will be the speaker at the event which is free and open to the public.


Mignon Clyburn is the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barak Obama on May 20, 2013.  As Commissioner, she is serving a second term following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United State Senate.


Previously, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African-American community.  She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for fourteen years.


The theme of the event is Rise Above, based on the following quote by Dr. King: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”


The event will also feature a community-wide choir directed by nationally known gospel singer and director Mr. Sam Dennis of Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Camden, SC and a dance selection will be performed by A Time to Dance Studio.


Corporate sponsors of this event are URS, Savannah River Remediation, Security Federal Bank, Bridgestone, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, SCE&G, Atlantic Broadband, the City of Aiken, State Farm Insurance/ Collette Ball, Chandler Law Firm and the Aiken Standard.


“One of the most exciting aspects of this event is the wonderful partnerships between a wide and diverse group of community organizations,” said Dr. Sandra Jordan, USC Aiken’s Chancellor.  “By coming together we hope to ‘rise above’ as we celebrate the life and work of an amazing individual and reflect on the difference each of us can make if we step forward and get involved.”


The event’s planning committee includes the following: USC Aiken’s Inclusion Advisory Council, WAAW Shout 94.7 FM, The Imani Group, Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, USC Aiken, Aiken Technical College, United Way of Aiken County, Aiken Young Professionals, Center for African American History, Art and culture, the Aiken County Branch of the NAACP, and the Concerned Ministers Organization.


Additionally, listed below are participating service organizations that will have tables set up immediately following the MLK Celebration to encourage attendees to put Dr. King’s Dream into action by volunteerism and giving back:


United Way of Aiken County & Project VISION

Aiken County Branch of the NAACP

Center for African American History, Art and Culture

Tri-Development Center

The Family Y

American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter

Children’s Place

Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons

Golden Harvest Food Bank

Brothers and Sisters of Aiken County

Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Services

Helping Hands

Lower Savannah Council of Governments

Aiken Area Council on Aging

Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County

Aiken County Help Line 2-1-1

Salvation Army

Savannah River Cancer Foundation

Mental Health America of Aiken County

Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County

The RECing Crew


For more information on the event, please contact Mr. Ahmed Samaha, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, at (803) 641-3411 or at ahmeds@usca.edu