Join members of the Benedict College family as they roll up their sleeves in a day of community service and family fun on April 16, 2016 commencing at 8:00 a.m. in the David H. Swinton Campus Center.

Columbia, SC -- April 12, 2016 -- The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development (SLLD) Program is proud to announce its 21st Annual PLUS Day (Preparation for Leadership and Unity through Service Day). PLUS Day will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, and all activities are free and open to the public. PLUS Day highlights this year will include the Sankofa Museum on Wheels (a collection display of memorable moments and artifacts in black history) as well as a Kid's Fun Day with games, activities, and free giveaways.

PLUS Day was established at Benedict College to allow people of the community and the state to engage in a day of service collaboratively with the Benedict College family. Benedict College is one of few historically black colleges in South Carolina that has established service-learning as a graduation requirement. Event organizers view PLUS Day as a means of fostering the service ethic of the College’s mission by motivating students and community members across the Midlands to unite in service to affect change in the community.

The Benedict College family extends an invitation to service organizations and student leaders from neighboring schools and faith-based organizations to engage in this day of community service at stablished locations in the Midlands. PLUS Day participants will help feed the homeless, educate the community on issues such as disaster relief, plant gardens, and engage in other services to help improve communities in the Columbia area.

All teams and organizations interested in volunteering at a service site are required to register for participation. No registration is required for Fun Day participants. Registration for PLUS Day will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resource Center (Gymnasium) followed by a service rally at 8:00 a.m. Immediately following the service rally, individual volunteers will convene at the service sites.

For additional information about PLUS Day, please contact the Office of Service-Learning and Leadership Development at (803) 705-4708.

PLUS Day Site Listing

Agency Name/Address Area of Service


1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Environmental Awareness
Assist with various campus beautification projects.


BC Faculty & Staff Garden
1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Environmental Awareness
Assist with various campus beautification projects


BC Freshman Institute Fun Day
1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Education/Human Needs
Students and staff volunteers will assist with fun day activities, and community operation for attendees


1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Human Needs
Assist with sorting and organizing household items that will be distributed to community residents


Grace Christian Church
5010 Monticello Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203


Human Needs
Assist with various onsite clean-up projects


God Cares Thrift Store
1500 N. Millwood Ave.
Columbia, SC 29204


Human Needs
Assist with sorting and organizing store items.


Feeding Children Everywhere
1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Human Needs
Volunteers will assemble and pack meals for children and families to be distributed overseas.


One Stop/Restoration (Hygiene Kits)
700 Taylor St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Human Needs
Assist with sorting and organizing personal care hygiene items that will be distributed to homeless persons.


First Calvary Baptist Church
1401 Pine St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Environmental Awareness
Campus Beautification Project- cleaning and organizing designated site areas


First Nazareth Baptist Church Disaster Relief
3111 Piedmont Ave.
Columbia, SC 29203


Human Needs
Assist with distributing disaster relief informational material.


Historic Waverly Community
2228 Washington St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Environmental Awareness
Community Beautification Project- cleaning and organizing designated site areas.


Pinehurst Park
2315 Pinehurst Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204


Environmental Awareness
Assist with various onsite clean-up projects


Sankofa Museum on Wheels
1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204


Student volunteers will assist with set-up and providing tours to children attending the mobile museum.


Second Nazareth Baptist Church/Edgewood Foundation
2336 Elmwood Ave (Drop off- Church Address)
2500 Elmwood Ave (Site #2 Address)


Environmental Awareness
Campus Beautification Project- cleaning and organizing designated site areas.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 -
8:00am to 2:00pm


This image features many of the pivotal figures in the 1940s civil rights vanguard in
South Carolina. From left: John Bolt Culbertson, Modjeska Monteith Simkins,
Roy Wilkins, Rev.James M.Flinton, John H. McCray.
(Image courtesy of Historic Columbia Foundation)



Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia,South Carolina

For more information contact the gallery @
or 803.705.4764

Through March 4, 2016
Gallery hours: M - F, 10am - 5p

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, March 4, 2016 - 5:00pm

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Charles David Brooks III, Director

April 11 - 15, 2016 at 7:00pm • April 16 - 17, 2016 at 3:00pm (Matinee)

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre

Tickets are available at the Cashier 705-4392 in Pratt Hall: $7.00 each


A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, reveals a brief moment in the life of an African-American family, called the Youngers, living, in the slums, on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. As the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive a check for $10,000 from the deceased Mr. Younger's life insurance policy. Ideas surface as to what each family member would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. Mama's son, Walter Lee wants to feel like a man, and to use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that black folks love to drink alcohol and would supply money and solve the family's financial problems forever. Walter's wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama, however, and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space and opportunity for their son, Travis. Finally, Beneatha, Walter's sister and Mama's daughter, wants to use the money for her medical school tuition. She also wishes that her family members were not so interested in joining the white world. Beneatha instead tries to find her

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Benedict College Fine Arts Theatre Ensemble

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 3:00pm


The Senior Class Officers are requesting that BC’s FACULTY, STAFF, and STUDENTS donate any clothing that you no longer wear. Just stop by our table on the dates below and we will take your gently used clothes off your hands! PLEASE Help the Senior Class help clothe Columbia’s homeless population.

When: Tuesday - Wednesday, January 26 - 27, 2016

Times: Lunch: 10:30am - 1:00pm, Dinner: 3:30pm - 6:00pm.

Location: Lobby of the Swinton Campus Center

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:30am to Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Associated Press


Dr. David H. SwintonOne Columbia organization is celebrating its 48th year of recognizing leaders who make a different across the Midlands and the state.

The Columbia Urban League will host the 48th annual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner 6 p.m. today at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The organization will recognize five business, educational and civic leaders for their contributions toward unity, cooperation and civility.

"Our honorees are being recognized for their dedication and servant leadership to the Columbia Urban League and for their involvement in supporting underserved communities," said James T. McLawhorn, Columbia Urban League president and CEO. "All of our honorees, along with others, have been instrumental in moving our state toward (this year's theme of) 'One South Carolina.'"

Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker, and she will also receive an award for the leadership she has exhibited this year.

Equal Opportunity Dinner honorees:

Martha Scott Smith is receiving the Anthony and Alice Hurley Award. Smith is being recognized for her years of leadership and service with the Columbia Urban League. She helped establish the Summer Work Experience Leadership Program (SWELP), which has served more than 6,000 youths.

The Boeing Company will receive the Virgil C. Summer Award, which recognizes exemplary achievements of individuals and businesses promoting corporate social responsibility. The company is being recognized for promoting diversity and focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for a more competitive workforce.

Project Unity, USA will receive the Ethel M. Bolden Community Service Award. The Columbia Urban League will present the award to the grassroot national community initiative's president, Bruce Trezevant. Project Unity, USA is being recognized for promoting unity among community stakeholders to reduce crime and increase health in the community.

David H. Swinton, Benedict College president and past chairman of the Columbia Urban League, is receiving the President's Award. He is being recognized for his years of service and leadership, including for planning the 2000 King Day at the Dome.

Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority and female governor, will receive the Stephen G. Morrison/Nelson Mullins Social Justice Award. She is being recognized for her leadership in the South Carolina General Assembly's removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds. She is also being honored for her efforts to unite the state after massacre of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston this summer.

Source: The State Newspaper

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