Several events are scheduled to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Columbia.
Columbia Values Diversity Celebration — "One Community, Many Stories"
- The 19th annual event will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive S.W.
- The recipient of the 15th annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards will be announced, and a multimedia program — including video of interviews, dialogue and musical performance directed by Dan Schultz of Stephens College — will be presented.
- Tickets, which were sold through Jan. 6, are required.
- The celebration will be rebroadcast on a few local channels (Mediacom Channel 80, Charter Communications Channel 2 and CenturyLink 601) on Jan. 15 through Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 through Jan. 22 at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.; and Jan. 17 through Jan. 19 at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Poor People's Breakfast
- The annual breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash St.
- The event is free, but donations are welcome.
- For more information or to make contributions, contact Almeta Crayton at 825-5263.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial — "Reaffirming a Legacy of Hope"
- The Columbia NAACP will host the annual event at 11 a.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 800 W. Stadium Blvd.
- After a brief ceremony, a motorcade from the memorial to Second Baptist Church will be held. The motorcade will depart at 11:15 a.m.; participating vehicles are asked to be on site by 11 a.m.
- A celebration will follow at Second Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway, where parking and seating will be available for participants.
- A free lunch will be served after the celebration.
- Community service awards will be announced.
- For more information, contact Mary Ratliff at 445-3231 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Candlelight Walk and Celebration
- Participants will gather by 6 p.m. at the Douglass High School gym, 310 N. Providence Road. The walk, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will conclude at St. Paul AME Church, 501 Park Ave. A service will be held there at 7 p.m.
- The event will include community diversity awards.
- For more information, contact Bill Thompson at 874-6379.
MU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
- The MU Chancellor's Diversity Initiative will host a reception and presentation at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St.
- Larry Wilmore, comedian, writer and producer, will present "Share the Dream, Live the Reality" at 7 p.m.
- This event is free and open to the public.
- For more information, contact the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative at 882-5838 or email@example.com. More information is also available online.