The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated in several ways throughout Columbus.
Martin Luther King Day, January 15, is a day for our communities to come together and remember the words of Dr. King, and his important fight for human rights. There are events for the whole family, from performing arts presentations to breakfast celebrations.
Here are the best ways to celebrate this extraordinary American icon on January 15, 2018.
The City of Columbus is proud to present their annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the event will kick off at 4 p.m. at East High School. At 4:45, the march will begin, followed by a special program featuring Keynote Speaker Jane Elliot at East High School at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please click here.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will host a day of service inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for teenagers at the main library. The event will go from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to teens aged 12-17. Click here to register.
Explore the impact of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Kings Art Complex. This annual community event is perfect for the whole family and will feature live performances. The open house will give guests the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement, participate in art activities, and view the art exhibition.
The event will go from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kings Art Complex, located at 867 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203.
The City of Worthington will be hosting their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. The event will feature community musical performances, including youth and adult Capriccio choirs, a living history performance by the creative director of Black History Impressions, Anthony Gibbs, and a luncheon after the event. The event is free and open to the public and will kick off at 11 a.m. at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St, Worthington, OH 43085.
From 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Preschoolers are invited to the Columbus Metropolitan Library for storytime. The kiddos will get the chance to learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories. This event is for children ages 3 to 6 years old and is free and open to the public.
The Ohio History Center will open the museum for special holiday hours 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Throughout the day, there will be several speakers including Raphael Davis-Williams, board member of ACLU of Ohio, guest speakers from the James Preston Poindexter Foundation, and Assistant Curator of Manuscripts Karen Robertson. To see a full list of activities taking place, please visit the Ohio History Center’s website.
The MLK Day of Learning at Capital University is one of the biggest celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Columbus. This year, special guest Herman Boone, whose story was captured by the popular Disney film “Remember the Titans”, will be sharing his experience as a high school football coach and activist.
In addition to Mr. Boone, the university will host several workshops throughout the day, on topics including Islam and Muslims in America, the future of Diversity at Capital University
Mobilizing the mission of Dr. King, communication across differences, Poverty and Welfare, Restorative Justice: Prison to Pipeline, and DACA and the American Dream.
The event will take place at various locations throughout Capital’s campus and will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, please click here.
The largest celebration of it’s kind will be taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast is an annual event that celebrates the life and words of Dr. King. Doors open for the event at 7 a.m., with the program beginning at 7:30. This year’s keynote speaker will be Judge Glenda Hatchett. Tickets are required. For more information, please click here.