MLK Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony Held

MLK Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony Held

A wreath-laying ceremony was held Friday in Columbia as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It was a joint effort by the Lyon Street and Waverly neighborhood associations and the South Carolina NAACP.

Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine was one of the speakers at the event, which took place at the Stone of Hope in Columbia's MLK Jr. Park.

She's been on council since 2002 and was the first African-American female elected to council, as well as the first African-American to win an at-large election in the city.

Devine says there has been important progress on King's goals, but feels more is needed so everyone can live a happy life and seek the American dream.

And when we have so many people living in poverty in our community, we really have to focus on what we all can do as a community to help our brothers and sisters and make sure that they have the means to make a successful life and that they can bring themselves out of poverty,” Devine says.

The wreath-laying ceremony began more than 20 years ago as one way for the Capital City to recognize King's birthday, even when the state did not recognize the birthday as a holiday.

And Devine says with this month marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, the Martin Luther King National Day of Service on Monday is a great opportunity to help those in need.

Meanwhile, King's legacy is also being remembered with a series of activities at the University of South Carolina.

A commemorative breakfast Friday morning featured Jotaka Eaddy as the speaker at the Zone in Williams Brice Stadium.

Eaddy was the school's first African-American woman elected as USC's student body president.

She graduated in 2001.

USC is also hosting two days of service work in the community on Monday, and again on Saturday, January 25th. 


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