As the foremost leader of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remains an inspiration to people across the world.
In Columbus, several events will be held this week in commemoration of King's birthday, which is Jan. 15 and will be observed Jan. 20 as a national holiday.
The following are events that will be held over the next few days:
Monday-Friday: Citywide Spiritual Renewal, 6 p.m., at Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 222 Fifth St. The Rev. John Adolf will be keynote speaker. Contact: 706-324-2055.
Wednesday: Fort Benning Commemoration, 11 a.m. - noon, in the Derby Auditorium. Lt. Col. Dawson A. Plummer will be the guest speaker. Plummer is the battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, 194th Armored Brigade. Contact: 706-545-6674.
Saturday: Third Annual One Mile Walk/Run and Health Fair, beginning 9 a.m. at the corner of Brown Avenue and MLK Jr. Boulevard, ending at the A.J. McClung YMCA. Registration is $15 and proceeds will fund scholarships at area fraternities and sororities. Contact: 706-225-0106.
Saturday: The Dream Lives: MLK Legacy Commemoration, noon, at the outdoor plaza of the Government Center, 100 10th St. The free event is sponsored by the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity. It will include a dramatic unity processional, performances and inspirational speakers. Contact: 706-653-4712.
Saturday: Stop the Violence Rally, 2 p.m., at the Michael Fluellen Recreation Center, 2824 Eighth St. Sponsored by the My Brother's Keeper Foundation. Contact: 706-992-5099.
Jan. 20: The Annual Alpha Unity Awards Breakfast, 7 a.m., at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black will be keynote speaker. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door; students $15 in advance and $20 a the door. Contact: 706-324-7071.
Jan. 20: MLK commemoration, 11 a.m., at Midtown Medical Center, 710 Center St. U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black will be keynote speaker. Contact: 706-571-1795.
Jan. 20: MLK Memorial Service, noon, Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1633 Fifth Ave. U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, will be guest speaker. Contact: 706-322-1488.
Jan. 20: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., noon to 5 p.m., at the Liberty Theatre. Rainbow Coalition will serve a citywide meal and give clothes to the homeless, unemployed, underemployed and senior citizens in need. The organization will also hold a voter registration rally and a health and wellness program. Contact: 706-687-0022.
Jan. 20: Annual MLK Jr. Parade in Hamilton, Ga., noon, at the Carver Resource Center. The event, sponsored by the Harris County Civic League, will be followed by an inspirational program at 2 p.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church, 101 Friendship St., Hamilton. Contact: 706-323-1521.
Jan. 21: Rainbow Push prayer vigil for those in Muscogee County who are incarcerated. Contact: 706-687-0022.