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MLK convocation, service programs set

MLK Days of Service
2010-01-12

Columbia attorney Steve Benjamin to speak at Monday program

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a convocation at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, featuring an address by Steve Benjamin, an attorney and civic leader from Columbia, S.C. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

Wofford students also will participate in Days of Service to honor Dr. King on Monday and Wednesday, and a campus-only Prayer Breakfast is scheduled on Monday.

Benjamin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina, where he was student body president. He earned his law degree from the university’s School of Law in 1994, where he was president of the Student Bar Association. A candidate for mayor of Columbia, Benjamin has focused his energies on economic development initiatives, increasing access to affordable housing, and improving public education.

These other MLK events are planned:

Monday, Jan. 18:
7:45 a.m., Montgomery Room, Burwell Building -- Prayer Breakfast

11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Wofford volunteers will assist the Nu Chi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and H.O.P.E. Always, an affiliated non-profit organization, on enhancing basketball and life skills for local youth. (Note: The program is open to invited youth only.)

Wednesday, Jan. 20:
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Second Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen and a Habitat for Humanity site at 610 N. Center St. in Spartanburg. Wofford volunteers will volunteer at these two sites.

STUDENTS NOTE:

Students may sign-up to work at the two off-campus sites by visiting Wofford’s Multicultural Affairs Web page. Detailed information about the days of service, including volunteer times and directions, may be obtained by visiting MLK Days of Service.

Millicent Lann is Wofford’s director for multicultural affairs, and Shelvis Ponds is the staff member responsible for the Days of Service programming.