MLK Day events in the Upstate

Credit: Associated Press

Sunday, January 15
MLK Unity Week: Literary Salon and Dessert Social
6-8 p.m., The Commons, Campus Life Building
Students are invited to recite poetry, perform a song or read an excerpt from a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech to commemorate his life and legacy.

Monday, January 16
Spartanburg Day of Service Opening Ceremony
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Harley Room, Richardson Building

King Legacy Weekend Hack-A-Thon at West End Community Development Center
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
404 Vardry St. Greenville
STEM is part of our national initiative designed to prepare our young people for success in the ever-growing digital world. Students in grades 1 – 8 will compete in a fun environment to create computer apps. All activities led by a professional computer education consulting group. Children’s and youth groups, and afterschool programs are encouraged to bring their students to the Hack-A-Thon. Lunch will be served. Free to the public.

Spartanburg MLK Unity Celebration
Speaker: Joseph P. Riley Jr., former mayor of Charleston, S.C.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Joseph P. Riley Jr., former mayor of Charleston, S.C., will be the featured speaker at Spartanburg’s MLK Unity Celebration. Riley is one of the longest serving mayors in the U.S. still living; he served 10 terms starting on Dec. 15, 1975, and ending on Jan. 11, 2016. Riley’s legacy project, which he describes as the most important thing he did as mayor, is the International African American Museum. Located on the former Gadsden’s Wharf – the site where more than 40 percent of all enslaved Africans brought to this country took their first steps – the museum is a $75 million project scheduled to open in 2018. After serving as mayor, Riley returned to The Citadel, his alma mater, as a professor of American government and public policy, a position that has been endowed and named for him.

MLK Day Rally
4:30 p.m.
101 W. Broad Street, Greenville – Graham Plaza (in front of Peace Center)

Clemson Day of Service
Clemson students will go into the community to participate in a Day of Service from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The day begins in Hendrix ballrooms A and B. Then students will go to volunteer at Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Clemson Child Development Center, Clemson Community Care, Clemson Downs, Clemson Little Theater, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, Our Daily Bread, Our Daily Rest, The ARTS Center and United Christian Ministries.

Tuesday, January 17
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service
Noted author and Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at 6 p.m. in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Wednesday, January 18
Panel to discuss activism at Clemson
A panel of students, faculty and staff will meet to discuss activism at Clemson over several decades at 6 p.m. in Vickery Hall, room 100. It’s part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Clemson.

Through Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Whetsell Exhibition: “Bodies of Light”
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Meagan Burns, Class of 2017, illustrates critical perspectives on social structures in the natural worlds. In her newest work, she returns to the concepts regarding our relationship to the world around us presented by writing, such as Emerson and Thoreau, of the Transcendentalist movement and the Romantic era.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, through Tuesday, Feb. 28
Teszler and Robicesk Collections of Hungarian Paintings
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library
In the late 19th century, a number of Hungarian artists left their homeland for study in Western Europe, particularly France. Returning home they continued to create works that reflected the influences and techniques learned in the West, but with a distinctive Hungarian subject matter and presentation. In 1991, the late Sandor Teszler presented to Wofford College his collection of Hungarian paintings from this period. In recent years the collection has been augmented by additional Hungarian paintings donated by Drs. Francis and Livia Robicsek of Charlotte, N.C., and members of the Robicsek family.

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