MLK festivities will include fun run, performances, speeches and more


Daymond John
Daymond John

Martin Luther King Day festivities Saturday will kick off with a Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. starting at the A.J. McClung YMCA at 1175 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and ending in front of the Liberty Theater on Eighth Avenue.

Following the run, performances will begin, including Mr. Cardio Tone, African and Latin dancers, and the Girls Inc. cup-stacking and ‘double dutch” teams.

At noon, a siren will sound to mark the beginning of four processionals that will proceed on foot from different locations and converge on the celebration site across from the historic theater.

After the processionals reach the site, Noah Stewart will sing the National Anthem and the Rev. L.K. Pendleton will give the invocation. Next, the Dream Lives Choir will present “Glory,” and Native American dancers from the Kala Anjali Indian Culture Center will perform. A video message from various community leaders, steeping performances by Girls Inc. members and various student presentations on King will be presented.

Stewart will perform again, singing “Let Them Hear You” before  the keynote speaker, television personality Daymond John will address the crowd. Afterward, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will speak, then she and John will together present an award to an unidentified student.

The Dream Lives Choir will then perform to close out the festivities.

Most of the Columbus Consolidated Government will be closed for the holiday on Monday, with the exception of public safety services. Animal Control will be closed.

Monday’s garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Wednesday, but otherwise waste collection services will be as usual.

Columbus parks and recreation facilities will be open but the administrative offices will be closed. The Civic Center will be closed, but the Ice Rink will be open.

There will be no Metra bus service.

There will be only the 8 a.m. Recorder’s Court session.