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2012 Events and activities throughout Central Ohio

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Martin Luther King Jr was a civil rights leader and his impact on the world is still felt to this day. Each year, the nation celebrates the life and work of Dr. King on the national holiday January 16th. Communities nationwide have a variety of events activities to honor the man and his message. Columbus is no exception. Many throughout the community work to make it a day "on" and not a day off by participating in projects that directly impact the Central Ohio area.

1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast

January 16, 2012
Doors open 7:00 A.M. Program begins 7:30 A.M. Adjournment 10:00A.M.
$35
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High St., Columbus, 43215
614-827-2500
The 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast will be celebrated on Monday, January 16, 2012 with keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., theologian, pastor and civic leader who was the co-pastor with Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.

Learn about more places to take kids: 15 Places for Kids in Central Ohio.

2. 25th Annual Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Presents: 25th Annual Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, Jan 7, 2012
10:30 a.m.
$50.00
Martin Luther King Performing Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus OH 43203 (614) 263-3399

3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission Annual Commemorative Celebration

January 12, 2012
Noon to 1 p.m.
CAPITOL THEATRE
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio
From the website: The annual awards program recognizes service and achievements of Ohio residents and organizations in areas consistent with the teachings and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s commitment to seeking racial, social and economic justice through non-violent struggle benefited not only the victims of oppression, but society as a whole. Annual awards are intended to lift up both concrete achievements and the continuing spirit of Dr. King's dreams for this nation.
Each year the Commission seeks to recognize organizations and individual who have committed to help others through exemplary service. We strive to continue this tradition of recognizing Ohio’s most passionate citizens. We would like to encourage you to nominate the deserving individuals and organizations in your community to be honored during the celebration. 
 

Learn more about the Columbus Museum of Art's winter activities.

4. The Martin Luther King Jr. March

"Celebrate the Legacy: A Voice in the Crowd"
he 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.

Learn more about the History of Martin Luther King Day.

5. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Zoo

January 16, 2012
Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, 43065
614-645-3550, 800-666-5397

Learn more about theMartin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC

6. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 16, 2012
Veterans Memorial and City Hall
Doors open at 5 p.m.
6 p.m.
Free
614-645-1993
From the website: Celebration Program – 60 minute Live TV Show
Hosted by Mayor Michael B. Coleman at Veterans Memorial, this free annual family-focused program celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King and his contemporaries.

Enjoy a three act historical remembrance written by student interns from the OSU Professional Writing Minor Program in the Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing. The program begins with selections from Ballet Met dancers and incorporates original music by high school fellows of the Jazz Arts Academy - Lincoln Theatre throughout the performance.

The program is joined by a 150-voice youth choir under the direction of Cynthia Gowens. There’s even a surprise for the audience during the finale!

7. MLK Day of Service

This annual community service event planned by the Ohio Union's ServeCorps takes place on MLK Day each January. There is no pre-registration. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Groups are encouraged to attend, but are encouraged to stay together in line.

This year's MLK Day of Service is taking place on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Time: Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom in the Ohio Union.

Upon arrival in the Ohio Union students will be assigned a service site, transported via bus to and from the service agency and lunch will be served at the Hale Center immediately following the community service activities. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and pizza for lunch.
Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear clothes you would not mind getting dirty at your service site. Some tasks may involve painting or cleaning at the service site.

For MLK Day of Service specific questions, please contact Katie Dean Williams.4099@osu.edu, Ohio Union Graduate Administrative Associate, or call the ServeCorps office at 614-292-SERV (7378).

8. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest

The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission presents the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest.  The contest will be held  Saturday, January 14th 2012, 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
Location: At the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue. The theme of this year’s contest is “Revitalize, Rejuvenate, Recommit.”

9. 5th Annual MLK Call for Artists!

In honor of the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Community Relations Commission is pleased to open its doors for the 5th Annual MLK Call for Artists! All artists, grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit entries by the January 10, 2012 deadline for a juried exhibition. The exhibit may be moved to various sites throughout the year. The exhibit recognizes emerging artists making a significant contribution to contemporary art.

THEME: “Celebrating the Legacy: Daring to Dream”

Franklin County student artists/classes are encouraged to complete the enclosed participation form to verify their participation. The first 50 approved submissions will be accepted.

10. Capital University MLK Day of Learning 2012 Workshops

At Capital University thematic workshops will be held to explore a variety of topics affecting the country including: Equal Rights for Refugees in an Age of Insecurity, No Outsiders: Connecting in Community- Making All Insiders, Islam 101, Understanding Homelessness, Domestic Violence 101, What’s Our Motivation to March? A Look at the Multiple Identities and Experiences within the LGBT Community, Building the Beloved Community through Music; Drum Circle- Recreational Drumming, Fracturing the Beloved Community: New Restrictions on Who Can Vote and How, Free to Learn: An Interactive Children’s Workshop, The DREAM Act, Civil and Human Rights Now!: (Re)Visioning of The Beloved Community for the New Millennium and Collective Responsibility: Black Male Achievement in Higher Education.

The workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

11. The Hank Marr Jazz Luncheon - Capital University

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Harry C. Moores Campus Center, Capital Court
Pleasant Ridge Avenue, Bexley, Ohio

From the website:During the planning of the first Capital University Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning in January 1992, Dr. Bob Breithaupt suggested a southern style dinner much like one Dr. King may have enjoyed on a Sunday following church services. Dr. Breithaupt agreed to assemble a group of local musicians that included Hank Marr.
Mr. Marr was born on January 30, 1927 in a section of Columbus known then as Flytown. At an early age, he developed an interest in the piano, and continued playing and performing with the Sammy Hopkins Trio and Rusty Bryant bands. The Hank Marr Trio was formed in the mid-1950’s with Mr. Marr on the increasingly popular B-3 organ. He joined King Records in 1961 and recorded seven albums. Mr. Marr continued with his art, gaining immense popularity through the years. He remained a central part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning Jazz Luncheon until his death in 2004. The luncheon is now named in his honor and features several of his fellow musicians, including Bob Breithaupt, Bobby Floyd, Byron Stripling and Gene Walker.

12. An Afternoon of Community Service - Capital University

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Capital Center Athletic Facility
Corner of Mound St. and Pleasant Ridge Ave.
Bexley, Ohio

Feed those in Need: Canned Food Drive From the website:Throughout the day, Capital will serve as a canned food donation drop off site. We challenge you to bring as few as one or as many canned goods as you can carry. Donations can be dropped off at Mees Hall, the Harry Moores Campus Center or the Capital Center Athletic Facility.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., join us in the Capital Center to sort and box items for donation to area food banks.

Be safe, be healthy and be prepared in 2012

From the website:Also, in the Capital Center, join community agencies and the Red Cross for a health and wellness and disaster preparedness fair. Educate yourself on options for living a healthy lifestyle, have your blood pressure checked, learn basic disaster readiness skills and serve others as you assemble a disaster preparedness kit that will be distributed to vulnerable populations around Central Ohio.

Learn more about the MLK Day of Learning online or by calling 614-236-6181.

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