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MUSC to host intercollegiate
MUSC will host area college students and members of the Lowcountry
community who will discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther
King (MLK) Jr. on Jan. 22. The public also is invited to attend the
Black History Intercollegiate Consortium MLK Jr. observance event from
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MUSC’s Harper Student Center Gymnasium.
The student-driven program features commentary, reflection and praise
that recognizes individuals in the community. Participants will share
past and enduring examples of King’s compassion to mankind.
Entertainment from the MUSC and Charleston Southern University (CSU)
gospel choirs also will be featured.
“I think that the program sponsored by the consortium is, indeed,
unique and blossoms with uniqueness more and more each year,” said
Shelly Stephens, a third-year medical student who was among a core of
students helping to plan this year’s event. “The program sponsored by
the consortium pulls resources from talented individuals all across the
Charleston area, and allows different individuals the opportunity to
honor the life and legacy of Dr. King through different avenues of
talent, whether it is through public speaking or through song. Not only
does it celebrate the life of Dr. King, but it allows us to recognize
different individuals across the Lowcountry who are exemplifying the
foundation and principles inspired by him.”
The consortium is a non-profit collaborative representing students and
staff who are committed to improving cultural and ethnic diversity at
the Tri-county’s higher education institutions—The Citadel, MUSC, CSU,
College of Charleston and Trident Technical College (TTC). Each year, a
member institution serves as host to the event. Last year, it was held
“What distinguishes this program from other MLK celebrations is that it
is student-driven,” said Wally Bonaparte, director of the Office of
Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action and a consortium
board member. “Students handle every facet of this program from the
presentations to the awards and coordination of choirs. I feel it is
extremely important that higher education institutions collaborate on
this event because of our involvement in training and educating our
community leaders of tomorrow. Each of us has a solid
connection to the communities that we serve. This celebration helps to
communicate Dr. King’s message, not only to these young adults, but to
the community at large. Our collaboration allows us to spread the
message to a much broader audience.”
Representatives of the consortium represent the administrative core and
foundation of this annual effort and other activities. Although the MLK
intercollegiate program was started by the consortium in 2003,
the group has been meeting actively and working together for years.
Members include Maj. Robert Pickering, The Citadel; Angie Anderson and
Bonaparte, MUSC; Johnnie Keyes, CSU; and Lottie Otto, TTC.
A major part of the event is the presentation of the MLK Recognition
Awards, which are selected by students honoring outstanding individuals
who embody the spirit of MLK at each of their respective institutions.
Previous winners from MUSC include Thad Bell, M.D., College of
Medicine; Sharron Jackson, M.D., Pediatrics; Myra Haney, College of
Medicine; and Tom Brown, Pharmacy.
“MUSC is honored to host this year’s Black History Intercollegiate
Consortium Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance. The consortium is a
remarkable collaboration amongst students from The Citadel, MUSC,
Trident Technical College and Charleston Southern; working together to
build bridges based on commonalities, and to generate hope and
inspiration for the future,” said John Raymond, M.D., vice president
for Academic Affairs and Provost.
The event is among several activities supported by MUSC students. On
Jan. 17, students, staff and supporters participated in the annual MLK
Candlelight Vigil, March and Commemorative Program, which included the
results of an MUSC and area high school essay contest.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008
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