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Citadel News Service
16 Jan 2013

The Citadel to host MLK observance by Lowcountry college students

The Citadel will serve as host for the 2013 Black History Intercollegiate Consortium’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The consortium is a non-profit collaborative representing students and staff who are committed to improving cultural and ethnic diversity at the Lowcountry’s higher education institutions—The Citadel, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston and Trident Technical College. Each year, a member institution serves as host to the annual observance.

The MLK observance event is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus. The student-driven program features commentary, reflection and praise that recognize King and his contributions to the U.S. civil rights movement. In addition, the students from each of the college wills honor individuals that embody King’s spirit.

The 2013 MLK Recognition Award honorees are:

The Citadel: S.C. Rep. Wendell Gilliard and S.C. Sen. Robert Ford.
Trident Tech: Anita Zucker, philanthropist, businesswoman, education advocate.
Charleston Southern: Betty Mitchell, Aramark higher education.
MUSC: Cynthia F. Wright, associate dean for admissions and career development, associate professor, College of Graduate Studies.

"The consortium is proud to provide an opportunity for college students to reflect on the life of Dr. King as well as recognize members of our community who espouse the values and leadership he demonstrated," said Robert Pickering, director of multicultural student services at The Citadel."


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