Event date: 1/27/2019 2:30 PM Export event
2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
Nikasha N Dicks
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2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken will present the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way, Graniteville. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


This year’s keynote speaker will be Patricia Russell-McCloud, Esq., a bestselling author and acclaimed orator, who will speak on the event’s theme “The time is always right to do what is right,” a quote by Dr. King.


Annually, she speaks to more than 100,000 people in the United States and internationally and encourages listeners to overcome every obstacle that stands between them and the possible. She has spoken to numerous organizations including AARP, American Honda, AT&T, Cox Enterprises, General Electric, General Motors, McDonald’s, McGraw Hill Publishing, Northrup Grumman, Proctor & Gamble, United States Postal Service, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, and Xerox.


Russell-McCloud has also served as the 11th National President of The Links, Inc. and as the National Parliamentarian of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


She has been named one of the top five business motivators in the country by Black Enterprise magazine; listed among the top 10 speakers in America in a feature by Essence magazine; named one of the most influential people in the U.S. by Ebony magazine; and was a 2017 inductee into the HBCU Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement.

Books she has written include My Journal: Myself, Inside Out and A is for Attitude. She will host a book signing in the lobby of the USC Aiken Convocation Center immediately following the program.

The event will feature musical performances by the Aiken Community Choir and the recognition of recipients of the 2019 Human & Civil Rights Champion Awards. Winners of the event's annual poster and essay contest will also be recognized.


In keeping with Dr. King’s legacy, the event also includes a service fair featuring nonprofit organizations throughout the area. Attendees are encouraged to learn more about the nonprofits’ missions, services and volunteer opportunities. Participating organizations include:

  • Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Aiken County Branch of the NAACP
  • Aiken County Help Line 2-1-1
  • Aiken SC Works Center
  • Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center
  • American Association of University Women, Aiken Branch
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Center for African American History, Art and Culture
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Children's Place
  • Concerned Ministers Fellowship
  • Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
  • Eden's Ministry
  • Georgia-Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Journey of Joy Walking Movement
  • Project VISION
  • Public Education Partners
  • SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
  • The RECing Crew
  • Tri-Development Center
  • United Way of Aiken County



Sponsors for this event are:

Gold Sponsor

  • Chandler Law Firm

Silver Sponsors

  • Atlantic Broadband
  • Savannah River Remediation
  • SRP Federal Credit Union

Bronze Sponsors

  • Aiken County Government
  • Aiken Regional Medical Centers
  • AT&T
  • Bridgestone
  • City of Aiken
  • Mead Hall
  • Security Federal Bank
  • Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
  • USC Aiken Inclusion Advisory Council

Community Supporters

  • Aiken Chapter of Links, Inc.
  • Aiken County Branch of the NAACP
  • Citizen's Park Office and Conference Center
  • Concerned Ministers Fellowship
  • Rural Health Services
  • Louisiana Wright Sanders
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