MU CELEBRATES MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
2013 Community Events
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Columbia Values Diversity Celebration: "The Dream Revisited"
7–8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Select Expo Center, I-70 Drive SW
Over the past nineteen years, the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration has become an inspirational community tradition that brings people together at the beginning of each New Year to celebrate the broad cultural diversity that truly makes our city one of the most livable communities in the world.
On Thursday, January 17, 2013 over 1,100 people will share breakfast together while commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrating the value we place on diversity in our community. This year’s program entitled, “The Dream Revisited” will bring to life the unique experiences, skills, heritage and cultural traditions of people throughout our community in an original multimedia theatrical presentation. The celebration also includes a community breakfast, live music and the presentation of the annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards. The artistic performance will be directed by Clyde Ruffin and keynote address with Martin Luther King, III.
- Tickets must be purchased in advance. Pre-registration is required and the deadline to register will be 5 p.m., Jan. 11, 2013. The cost is $14/person. Scholarships are available upon request. For tickets or more information, please contact the City of Columbia-Division of Human Services at (573) 874-7488 (V) or (573) 874-7356 (TTY), via e-mail HumanServices@gocolumbiamo.com or on the web at www.GoColumbiaMo.com
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
Poor People's Breakfast
9 a.m. to Noon, St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash Street
The annual Poor People's Breakfast is free; donations are welcome. For more information or to make a contribution to the breakfast, please contact Almeta Crayton at 573-825-5263.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
11 a.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Stadium Boulevard
The Columbia NAACP will host their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program. This year's theme is "Reaffirming a Legacy of Hope." A brief ceremony will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Stadium Blvd., followed by a motorcade from the MLK Memorial to Second Baptist Church. After the motorcade arrives, a celebration program will begin at Second Baptist Church.
- Ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Stadium Blvd. at 11 a.m.
- Motorcade departing at 11:15 a.m. (all cars participating in the motorcade are asked to be on site by 11 a.m.)
- Celebration to follow at Second Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway, after the motorcade arrives.
- Free community luncheon will be served following the program in the Church Education Center.
- For more information, please contact Mary Ratliff at 573-881-0163 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephens College Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address: Xernona Clayton
3 p.m., Kimball Ballroom, Lela Raney Wood Hall, Stephens College (northeast corner of Broadway & College).
A former television host and executive, civil rights leader and founder of the prestigious Trumpet Awards, Xernona Clayton will share her amazing stories with Stephens College students, faculty and alumnae on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Candlelight Walk and Celebration
6:00 p.m. Douglass High School Gymnasium, 310 N. Providence with service following at Second Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway
This year’s event will feature a candlelight march from Douglass High School Gym to a service at Second Baptist Church. Gather at 6 p.m. at Douglass High School gymnasium, 310 North Providence. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. Service to follow at Second Baptist Church, 407 East Broadway.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
MLK, Jr. Replica Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Reception
2–3:30 p.m., Richard Wallace Atrium, Ellis Library
The MU Libraries and Chancellor's Diversity Initiative staff cordially invite you to attend a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony for the permanent installation of the MLK. Jr. Memorial Replica with MU Alumnus and donor Ty Christian.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
MU Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013: Judge Glenda Hatchett
Dare to take Charge: How to Live & Lead with purpose, with featured speaker Judge Glenda Hatchett 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Presentation, Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth Street
This event is free and open to everyone (MU Campus, community, state).