Columbia to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King with processions, service

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 10:46 a.m. CST; updated 11:48 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 16, 2014

COLUMBIA — Celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will kick off Saturday with two days of volunteer opportunities.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the movement for nonviolent social change from the mid-1950s until he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. A third generation minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and a civil rights activist, King worked to end the legal practice of segregation.

King's birthday became a federal holiday in 1983. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January. City offices will be closed Jan. 20 in observance.

Below is a list of free events in Columbia celebrating King's legacy.

MLK Day of Service

The City of Columbia Volunteer Program has opportunities for eco-cleanups or one-time litter pickups.

When: Saturday and Sunday

For more information, call 573-874-6271 or email

NAACP Honors Martin Luther King Jr. at Battle Garden

A gathering will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden. There will be a motorcade procession to Second Baptist Church afterward. Regional NAACP Director Cameron Millbrook will be speaking.

When: 11 a.m. Monday

Where: Battle Garden, 800 W. Stadium Blvd.; Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candle Light March and Memorial Celebration

The candlelight march will start at Douglass High School. The memorial celebration will be held at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.

When: March starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday with the memorial celebration at 7 p.m.

Where:Douglass High School, 310 N. Providence; St. Paul AME Church, 501 Park Ave.

MU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. 2014

Hill Harper is the featured speaker for the MU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. 2014 event. Harper is the author of bestselling books, a spokesman for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and an actor on "CSI: NY."

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 29, with a reception at 6 p.m.

Where: Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

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

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