In 1985 the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast in Columbus brought together around 200 people to celebrate the life and legacy of the man behind the new holiday. Twenty-eight years later this year’s annual breakfast is expected to draw thousands of people, as it continues to be the largest event of its kind in the country. The Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. invites the public to this Columbus signature King Holiday event attended by thousands of diverse supporters.
Columbus MLK Day Breakfast
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
The Greater Columbus Convention Center – Exhibition Hall C
400 North High Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Doors open 7:00 a.m. Program begins 7:30 a.m. Adjournment 10 a.m.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. His pastoral ministry focuses on spiritual growth, educational excellence, economic empowerment and faith-based community development. Dr. Soaries has served as New Jersey’s 30th Secretary of State, the first African-American male to serve as a constitutional officer of the state. He is also former chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission. As a best-selling author, Soaries is a popular speaker at colleges, universities, conferences and churches around the world and a frequent advisor to major corporations in the areas of diversity, philanthropy and community relations.
Tickets are $35 and must be bought in advance at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave., or by calling 614-252-0868. Call (614) 252-0868 or log on to http://mlkjrbreakfast.com/tickets.html for more information.
No tickets will be sold at the door. No admittance without a ticket.
Westerville MLK Day Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 21, 2012, marks the eighth annual Westerville Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast celebration. The public is cordially invited to join the event’s planning committee for a morning of song, celebration and remembrance.
“Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community?”
8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
1630 Schrock Road,
Columbus , Ohio 43229
Registration begins at 7:30 A.M. Program begins 8:00 A.M.
Registration prices for the breakfast will remain at $20 per adult and $10 per student. Individual registrations can be purchased through January 13, 2012. Seating for individual registrations will be open and available on a first come first serve basis.
For any questions or additional information, please contact Kristine Robbins at email@example.com . Obtain registration forms and information on-line at http://www.facebook.com/WestervilleMLK
In addition the celebration includes an array of related activities, including the following:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Zoo--Jan. 21, 2013
Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
King Arts Complex MLK Day Open House—“50 Years…Marching On”—Jan. 21, 2013
The Open House is an excellent opportunity for children, family and friends to share his dream. A vast menu of cultural activities will be held to commemorate this holiday. Enjoy performances of African dance, modern dance, spoken word and inspirational music in our theater and auditorium. Visitors will be able to participate in hands-on studio art projects; experience a thought-provoking exhibition in the Elijah Pierce Gallery; be informed by our permanent installations of Goree Island and Cargo: Middle Passage; and much more!
The public is invited to explore the impact of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom in August 1963, the event where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream’ speech. The keynote speaker is Edith Lee-Payne whose picture at the march has been a symbol of that historic day. President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony will also be shown.
The Martin Luther King Jr. March—Jan. 21, 2013
"Celebrate the Legacy: A Voice in the Crowd"
The annual Martin Luther King Day March which will begin from City Hall at 4:45 p.m. Participants of the march are encouraged to wear warm clothing and bring banners representative of their school, organization or city department. Banners and signs are also encouraged. Music will be provided along the march and donated hot drinks and cookies will be available prior to the march.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration—Jan. 21, 2013
Location: Veterans Memorial and City Hall
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m.; 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The public is invited join in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program at Veteran’s Memorial. Attendants of the program will be delighted and amazed by the actors’ rendition of fundamental figures in Columbus' history and vignettes of fundamental figures in Columbus’ history, musical performances by the Jazz Arts Academy and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass Children’s Choir and dances performed by Ballet Met.
This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day will also be accompanied by the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Youth Oratorical Contest and the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Call for Artists. The winners of the youth oratorical contest will participate in the Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial celebration on Monday, Jan. 21 and will compete in the statewide MLK youth oratorical contest.
For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, Program, Youth Oratorical Contest or the 5th Annual MLK Jr. Call for Middle School Artists, visit the website or call the Columbus Community Relations Commission at 614-645-1993.
MLK Day of Service--Jan. 21, 2013
Service was a vital component of the life and ministry of Dr. King, who ought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues through service. ought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues.Opportunities abound on for individuals to participate in a variety of community service projects on Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Click here to learn more about the MLK Day of Service, and one of the projects in the Columbus metro area.
Take a look at the programs for last year's breakfasts in Columbus and Westerville, OH. Click here to learn more about the importance of service as a foundation for the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and to view a video excerpt entitled "To Serve" from his famous "Drum Major Instinct" speech.
The accompanying slide show offers photos of scenes from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with a video excerpt from his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.