Martin Luther King Jr. legacy’s remembered across Upstate


(WSPA) — The United Way of the Piedmont is among Upstate groups honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin King with a day of service and projects.

United Way of the Piedmont spokesperson Alex Moore said 29 projects have been organized across the community. More than 350 volunteers are expected to participate. 

The day of service begins with a kick-off celebration at 8:30 a.m. Monday at USC Upstate before heading out to serve at various times and locations throughout the day.

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Other local events:

Unity Celebration
6:30 p.m. 
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Wofford alumnus Darrin Goss Sr. ’93 of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina is the featured speaker.  

25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
Greenville Unity Sports Soccer Club and Israel Metropolitan CME Church will host Civil Rights pioneer and retired CME Minister Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Douglas as the keynote speaker for its 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. This event starts at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at at the historic Sterling Community Center at 113 Minus St. Greenville. Dr. Douglas will speak on “Our Challenge to Keep the MLK Dream Alive.” This event is free and open to the
public. Visit for more information. Soccer matches between youth teams of diverse backgrounds will be held at the Joan & Ray Kroc Community Center.

Greenville Technical College MLK Day of Service
Over 120 volunteers will package 38,400 meals for GTC’s Caring Corner, Harvest Hope’s Backpack Program, and other local agencies.
The event is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at McAlister Square at 225 South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville. 

Anderson University
Anderson University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will begin with a worship service featuring 1961 Freedom Rider Cladys P. Harrison. The Rev. James C. Clark, pastor of Wilson Calvary Baptist Church in Anderson, will deliver the keynote address. The service starts at 10 a.m. Faculty, staff and students will later participate in service projects around the community. 

Furman University
About 250 Furman students, faculty and staff will volunteer at locations around the community from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday for MLK Day of Service.
Projects will take place at various community venues, including Brutontown Community Center, Greenville Free Medical Clinic and the YMCA Camp in Simpsonville. 

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