Events Held Across Central Ohio To Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.


UPDATED: Monday January 21, 2013 6:39 PM

A number of events will be held across central Ohio to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All events are on Monday unless otherwise noted.

Columbus

• The Community Relations Commission invites the public to its annual MLK celebration. The program will remember and celebrate the life of King starting with a march from City Hall at 4:45 p.m.

• A presentation at Veterans Memorial from 6 to 7 p.m. will showcase performances by the Jazz Arts Academy, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Children's Choir and BalletMet Columbus.

• The 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Battelle Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance from the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, 614-252-0868, or www.mlkjrbreakfast.com. Other ticket packages are available.

• First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Columbus, 873 Bryden Rd., will host its 17th annual Free Community Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The breakfast is at 8 a.m. followed by a service from the pastor. For more information, call the church at 614-252-2184.

• Ohio State University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service starting at 8 a.m. at the Archie Griffin Ballroom of the Ohio Union. Volunteers will meet at the union and be taken across Columbus in small groups to work on service projects. For more information, call the Pay It Forward office at 614-292-7378.

• King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave., will host its annual MLK open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature a presentation by Edith Lee-Payne that focuses on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Bexley

• Capital University will hold a Day of Learning from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at College Avenue and Main Street to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil-rights leader. Keynote speaker at the convocation, which begins at 9 a.m., will be the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, founder of Baltimore-based Empowerment Temple. Other free events include: workshops, storytelling and coloring activities, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kids Korner; a panel discussion at 1 p.m.; and a dramatic performance by Act on Racism, a student-oriented anti-racism theater troupe, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall. The Hank Marr Jazz Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capital Court in the Campus Center. Get ticket information at www.capital.edu/mlk-day.

Delaware

• Ohio Wesleyan University and the Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee will hold a worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St., featuring the Rev. Albert Paul Brinson, a colleague of King's.

• Brinson also will speak at the MLK Breakfast Celebration, which starts at 7:45 a.m. at OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Brinson's speech starts at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

• OWU professor Emmanuel Twesigye will discuss President Barack Obama's second inauguration in the context of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil-rights movement at 7 p.m. in the Bayley Room on the second floor of the Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. Twesigye's specialties include church history, theology and Christian ethics.

Dublin

• The Dublin MLK Community Committee is hosting a free showing of the movie Lincoln at AMC Dublin Village 18. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with a program and a movie at 11 a.m. Seats are first-come, first-served.

Granville

• An interfaith service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in Denison University's Swasey Chapel, with a pre-program at 6 p.m. The event includes prayers and readings of Dr. King's work, gospel choir tributes and a special address by the Rev. Michael Noble, a Denison alumnus and Newark pastor.

• A Community Luncheon and Dialogue will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Denison University's Curtis Veggie Room and Huffman President's Dining Room. The theme is: "MLK's Legacy: The Courage to Create a Just World." Participants should register at www.denison.edu.

Lancaster

• A worship service and program beginning at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Broad St., will feature speaker Lincoln Richardson, a former pastor who is the father of the church pastor, the Rev. Matthew Richardson. The elder Richardson marched with King in the 1960s.

Newark

• The Par Excellence Academy Annual Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. at 96 Maholm St., will feature keynote speaker Guy L. Reece, Franklin County Common Pleas judge. Tickets are $35, with reservations required. Call 740-344-7279.

• A free showing of At the River I Stand, a documentary about Dr. King's final days, will be shown at the annual MLK Commemoration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the Ohio State Newark-COTC campus. A discussion and reception will follow.

Worthington

• Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University history professor, will speak at the Community Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. Jeffries' speech is titled "Making King Matter: An Appeal to Parents, Teachers, Preachers and Politicians"; The Capriccio Vocal Ensemble, Capriccio Youth Choir and St. John A.M.E. Church Praise Dance Ministry will perform.  A community luncheon will follow. Those attending are asked to bring a canned food item for the Worthington Food Pantry & Resource Center. For more information, call 614-436-3100.

Ohio State University

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a "day on, not a day off" - Jan. 21. Ohio State students are participating in two events for the King holiday.
*Annual Day of Service, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. More thank 800 students are expected to participate in the event. Students gather at the Ohio Union for a brief program before going throughout the city of Columbus volunteering. The students volunteer at various places that need assistance, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Complex, food pantries, shelters, etc.,  and volunteer their services. They conclude at the Hale Center for reflection.                               
*Annual MLK March for Freedom, 2:45 p.m. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity sponsors an Annual MLK March for Freedom downtown. Students convene at the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center and march to City Hall to join the City of Columbus' Annual MLK March/Program.

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