On the morning of January 18, at the S.C. State House, the annual King Day at the Dome was held for the first time without the presence of the Confederate flag. The event initially began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2000, in protest to the flag flying on the State House dome.
With the recent ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court regarding equity in education, and the task in front of the legislature to deal with education funding, this year’s focus was on providing all students with equal opportunities.
The event drew the Democratic presidential contenders, who were in Charleston the previous evening for a national debate. Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Governor Martin O’Malley all spoke on the importance of equity in education.