Annual Diversity Celebration will be held Jan. 13

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | 4:49 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA —The city's 18th annual diversity celebration will feature the annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards and an artistic program honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

This year's celebration — "Unity in Diversity!" — will begin at 7 a.m. on Jan. 13 in the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center, according to the city's Division of Human Services. The event will include live music by local band Jam Session and breakfast. Mayor Bob McDavid will present the 14th annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards.

Two awards will be presented, one for an individual and one for a group or organization, said Steve Hollis, manager of the Division of Human Services.

The original artistic program honoring the life and teaching of King was written and directed by Sharrell Luckett, a MU graduate student in theater.

The Columbia Fire Department will also conduct a flag ceremony, Hollis said.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m Jan. 7. A registration form is available on the City of Columbia’s website. Cost is $14 per person. Scholarships are available upon request.

Questions can be directed to the city’s Division of Human Services at 573-874-7488 or 573-874-7356 (TTY).

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