Each year we set aside a day to take the time to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who spent his life trying to make the world a better place for everyone. On this ‘day of service,’ thousands of people make the effort to volunteer and help others who are less fortunate. To help support this call to service, we’ve gathered a few events to help you celebrate and give back to your local community, right here in Columbia:

  • If you want to get a jump start on the celebration, head on over to Strictly Running’s website and register for the annual MLK Celebration 5k taking place on Saturday the 13th. All proceeds from the 5k will benefit The Alpha Academy, a local organization that gives back through, scholarships, tutoring, mentoring and more. What better way to commemorate the day than by getting some exercise while also giving back?
  • Join the NAACP in the MLK March to the Dome. The lineup for the march will begin 9:30 a.m. at the Zion Baptist Church located at 801 Washington Street and will end at the State House.
  • If you plan to be around the USC campus, consider joining the university at Russell House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a PB&J sandwich-making contest where all the sandwiches made will be donated to the 153 Project and given out to those in need at Finlay Park. (Last year’s record was 650 sandwiches!)
  • Plan to attend the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park and community center located at 2300 Green Street. There will also be a wreath-laying ceremony at the historic marker that honors Dr. King located at the corner of Harden and Greene Streets.

Our kids will be volunteering by serving meals to the homeless, learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his importance, and reflecting on all the volunteers who have made a difference in their lives.  

 Know of another MLK Day opportunity? Let us know so we can spread the word for this wonderful day of giving back and remembering the man who helped paved the way for positive change.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

- Megan Parrot, Communications Intern