City to host MLK commemoration Jan. 18

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 31, 2013 

The city will host a Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration Jan. 18 on the Plaza of the Government Center, the city announced recently.

Starting at noon on Saturday, Jan. 18, community organizations and individuals who want to participate will process from four staging areas to the Plaza, where performances, inspirational speakers and free food and beverages will be offered.

The festival, called “The Dream Lives,” will be hosted by the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity. Its stated goal is to “renew the spirit of the MLK legacy to meet the challenges of today.”

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said a specific goal of the event is to relate the importance of King’s legacy to younger people who did not live through the Civil Rights era.

“We’re trying to refresh the celebration of Martin Luther King’s legacy and particularly this is a bold effort to get a younger generation involved in the importance of that legacy,” Tomlinson said. “With every passing year, we lose some of those Civil Rights warriors, and you never want the importance of that moment in time to fade.”

Tomlinson said another thing younger Americans need to know is that King’s message is still relevant to today’s issues.

“There’s a resonance to MLK’s message that transcends a particular time,” Tomlinson said. “It transformed our society and really the world.”

Organizations, schools, companies and individuals can join in the processional by registering online at www.thedreamlivescolumbus.com or by call the city Parks and Recreation Department at 706-225-4658.

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