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Columbia events planned to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

By Ayano Shimizu
January 17, 2013 | 6:45 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Several events will be hosted in Columbia next week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Monday, Jan. 21

Poor People's Breakfast

Time: 9 a.m. to noon.

Place: St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash St. 

An annual free breakfast will take place at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Contributions are welcome.

Contact: Almeta Crayton at 573-825-5263 for more information and contributions

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service

Time: 11 a.m.

Place: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 800 W. Stadium Blvd., and Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway.

Under the theme "Reaffirming a Legacy of Hope," the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Columbia will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. There will be a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and it will be followed by a motorcade that departs at 11:15 a.m. from the memorial to Second Missionary Baptist Church. A celebration will take place at the church, and a free community luncheon will be served in the Church Education Center.

All cars participating in the motorcade are asked to be on site by 11 a.m.

Contact: Mary Ratliff at 573-881-0163 or at

Stephens College sponsored lecture with Xernona Clayton and reception

Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Stephens College, Kimball Ballroom, 1200 E. Broadway

Xernona Clayton, a family friend of King and a civil rights activist, will give a speech at Stephens College, starting 3 p.m. The presentation and the reception at 4 p.m. will be open to public. The presentation will cap a daylong symposium intended for Stephens College faculty, students and alumni. Seating is limited.

Contact: Yvonne Chamberlain, Director of Leadership and Diversity, at 573-876-2339

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Candlelight Walk and Celebration

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Douglass High School gymnasium, 310 N. Providence Rd., and Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway

There will be a candlelight walk from the Douglass High School gymnasium to Second Missionary Baptist Church. The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a service at Second Missionary Baptist Church.

Contact: Bill Thompson at 573-874-6379

Wednesday, Jan. 30

MU's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Lecture

Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Place: Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

The MU Chancellor's Diversity Initiative will host a reception and presentation to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. The reception will start at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. by Glenda Hatchett, former judge and TV personality, called "Dare to Take Charge: How to Live and Lead with Purpose."

Free tickets are available at the Missouri Theatre and MSA/GPC Box Offices.

Contact: Chancellor's Diversity Initiative at 573-882-5838 or at 

Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration will be rebroadcast on the Columbia Channel— Mediacom, Channel 80; Charter Communications, Channel 2; and CenturyLink, Channel 601 — at the following times:

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.