After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, Columbus’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march is back and scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, beginning and ending downtown at the City Hall, 90 W. Broad St..
An illumination of the town hall and loudspeakers will follow the march. Free parking is available by going to columbus.gov/MLK2022.
Several other MLK Day events are planned in Greater Columbus. All are Mondays unless otherwise stated.
11 things to do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• The Ohio History Center, in partnership with the King Arts Complex, is organizing a MLK Open House, noon to 2 p.m. at 800 E. 17th Ave. State Sen. Hearcel Craig is scheduled to speak at 12:15 p.m. and once again at 1:00 p.m. Performers include Leap of Faith Dance Studio, Franklinton High School Steel Band, Roger Parish, Larry Robertson, NIA Performing Arts Ensemble, Transit Arts and Antonio Lamar. (kingartscomplex.com)
• Capital University’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Day will recognize the civil rights leader with an opening call featuring keynote speaker, author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib, and workshops on race relations and other social justice topics. The online event is free, but registration is required. (capital.edu)
• Columbus’ Annual MLK Anniversary Breakfast will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a keynote address by Kristina Johnson, president of The Ohio State University. This is the second year that breakfast has gone virtual. (mlkjrbreakfast.com/breakfast.html)
• The Community of the Holy Rosary and of Saint John the Evangelist organizes its Martin Luther King Day Celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Ave. (hrsjchurch.org/mlkday.html)
• The directory MLK Celebration organized by Leadership Westerville and the MLK Jr. Legacy Project will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The cost to register for the online program is $20. (leadershipwesterville.com/mlk-legacy-project.html)
• The City of Worthington will honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with online programming at 11 a.m., Worthington United Methodist Church will stream the event live on YouTube. Video of the livestream can be found on the city’s website, worthington.org/MLK. The video will also be available on demand after the program.
• The Town of Hilliard is hosting a new event called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Heart for Service and Volunteer Fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hilliard Community/Senior Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr. (hilliardohio.gov/events)
• The annual Olentangy Schools ONE Community Conference will launch a series of four-part events celebrating the lives of King with an MLK Service Day. Olentangy students, staff, and families are invited to learn about and serve local organizations in central Ohio working to address inequity. Donation drop-offs are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the District Administration Offices, 7840 Graphics Way at Lewis Center. Volunteers will greet community members and collect donations at a contactless drive-thru.
• Dublin City encourages residents to take a hike in Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park until January 28. This self-guided tour features panels with excerpts from King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. On Monday, the Dublin Link will be illuminated in red, white and blue.
• The Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Ohio Wesleyan University are hosting a online round table on the film “FUNDI: The story of Ella Baker” at 4 p.m. Sunday. (The film itself will not be screened.) Registration is required for the online Zoom chat and can be done by visiting www.owu.edu/MLK.
• 29th Annual Ohio Wesleyan MLK Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. on the university’s Facebook page. The event will include TED Talk-style presentations from Nicole Jackson, associate professor of history at Bowling Green State University; Tamika Vinson-Reid, co-chair of the Delaware African American Heritage Council, and Charles Montgomery, campus pastor and teaching pastor at Vineyard Columbus.
Chris Bournea and Stephen Borgna of ThisWeek Community News contributed to this report.