The Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration schedule has been set for January. Highlights include a diversity foru that will be telecast live, an educational/service campaign for low-income tax filers and a bi-city parade.
The MLK commemoration is coordinated by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Steering Committee of the Chattahoochee Valley. The committee includes representatives of different churches, organizations and Columbus State University.
The mission is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and share in his vision that expands the intellectual and spiritual experience of being fully human in a community marked by diversity.
Jan. 1: Kenneth B. Martin of the Antioch Baptist Church in Augusta is the keynote speaker at the kickoff event, a commemoration of the Jan. 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. It's at 10 a.m. in Spirit Filled Ministries, 3898 Mulberry Drive. Also on that day, Hands on the Valley will launch its 2010 MLK Serve-a-Thon that targets low-income tax filers.
Jan. 4-8: City-Wide Spiritual Renewal at Fourth Street Baptist Church, will include guest keynote speaker the Rev. William T. Glynn of Fort Worth. Classes begin at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. 706-324-2055.
Jan. 5: Columbus City Council meeting will present the Unity Month proclamation.
Jan. 8: The MLK Pride Clean-up campaign kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Lonnie Jackson Academy School, 4601 Buena Vista Road.
Jan. 11: MLK Unity Service begins at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Luke Ministry Center, 301 11th St. It's being held by the Muscogee County Clergy Association and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. Call the Rev. Rich Martindale at 706-322-5569.
Jan. 14: MLK Day Observation is at 12:30 p.m. in the Columbus State University Davidson Student Center auditorium on main campus. The speaker is Bishop Ann Hardman of Faith Worship Center. Call 706-568-2273.
Jan. 15: The Keep Columbus Beautiful Serv-a-Thon Beautification Poject will pair students from South Columbus Elementary School with representatives of Columbus Bank & Trust. Gloria Weston-Smart at 706-653-4008.
Jan. 15: The VITA Coalition, Hands on the Valley and the United Way kick off free tax preparation service for low income tax filers through April 15 at various locations. Call 706-324-4366.
Jan. 16: The annual MLK Unity Parade of Excellence begins at 1 p.m. at the Colin Powell Parkway in Phenix City, crosses the 13th Street Bridge to Columbus, goes south on Broadway and ends at Ninth Street. Clarice Muhammed at 706-761-7414.
Jan. 17: Unity Sunday for All Faiths is 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Road United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Columbus, the speaker is Bishop L.D. Skinner Sr. of Bread of Life Christian Center. Call 706-323-3687.
Jan. 18: The City-Wide Youth and Adult Observation at St. James AME Church is all day. Lunch will be served. There will be four, 30-40 minute classes. Call William Lyde at 706-332-8653.
Jan. 18: The MLK Commemorative Service begins at 11 a.m. in the Medical Center Conference Center. The keynote speaker is Dr. Sylvester McRae. Call the Rev. Michael Stewart at 706-571-1795.
Jan. 18: The MLK Memorial Service begins at noon in the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1633 Fifth Ave. The keynote speaker is Judge Michael Bellamy. Call 706-322-1488.
Jan. 18: The City-Wide MLK Youth Summit begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Fourth Street Baptist Church, 222 Fifth St. Three speakers will discuss several topics about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A light snack will be provided. Call 706-324-2055.
Jan. 18: The Alpha Unity Awards Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door for adults; $15 in advance, $20 at the door for high school and college students. Call Fernando Verdree 706-324-7071.
Jan. 20: The Diversity Celebration at Chattahoochee Valley Community College is noon-2 p.m. Call 334-291-4803.
Jan. 21: The Dare to Dream Youth Summit is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, and will involve 100 youth from throughout the Chattahoochee Valley. Sponsors are One Columbus Inc. and the Muscogee County School District. Call Brandi Dawson-King at 706-332-5000.
Jan. 21: The One Columbus/WTVM 9 Diversity Forum begins at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. The first hour will be telecast live by WTVM 9. The doors will close at 6:45 p.m. Call Jorge Vega at 706-243-6236.
For general information the MLK Unity Celebration, call the Rev. Gerald Goodman at 706-689-8707.