Central Ohio Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


UPDATED: Monday January 20, 2014 5:34 PM

The nation is honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday with parades, marches and service projects.

Several events are being held around central Ohio to celebrate the day.

Gov. John Kasich gave remarks at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast in the Battelle Grand Ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center. 

Westerville held an MLK Breakfast. The theme was “The Fierce Urgency of Now.”  The theme references current issues facing the community and nation.

A  Martin Luther King Community Celebration took place in Worthington, at the Worthington United Methodist Church.  It featured speakers, performances and a special commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Volunteers with City Year Columbus, serving alongside Huntington bank volunteers, painted and refurbished a few guest rooms and hallways at Ronald McDonald House - which provides free housing for parents of children who are getting treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"His dream and his mission is what drives City Year. We are an organization in which our heart and soul is through service, to engage the community and just kind of giving back," said Katie Devore, City Year Volunteer.

The Ohio State University also honored Dr. King with a Day of Service.  Around 1,000 Ohio State students, faculty and staff were expected to participate. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. March will begin at Columbus City Hall at 4:45 p.m.  The theme is “Celebrate the Legacy:  The Power of Love and Togetherness.”  The march will end at Veterans Memorial where a program will be held.

10TV News personalities will attend various Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations throughout the day.

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