COLUMBIA — It's time to register for the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.
The 17th annual celebration on Jan. 16 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will include live performances and music, the presentation of the Columbia Values Diversity awards and keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, author of "A Chance In The World."
JJ Musgrove, director of the city Office of Cultural Affairs, discovered Pemberton while researching speakers related to the topic of diversity. Musgrove said Pemberton's "kindness and accessibility are humbling."
The event planning committee came up with the theme for this year's celebration, "The Rich Tapestry of Diversity."
"We thought it conveyed how we are all connected through a myriad of experiences and how those experiences tend to be universal and transcend race, religion, creed or socio-economic challenges," Musgrove said.
Musgrove said people attend year after year to celebrate diversity because it reminds us of our humanity.
This year's event will take place from 7 to 8:45 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Holiday Inn Expo Center.