Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated across the world
All over the country, people celebrated the life Martin Luther King Jr., a leading activist during the civil rights movement that changed American history. Those in Columbus and central Ohio did not let the harsh weather conditions put a hold on the celebration as the community came together to honor the man who lost his life for equality.
Dr. King was an activist and pastor who spread his beliefs of equality and peace through acts of non-violence and protest. King is often known for his famous “I Have A Dream” speech that was given when he lead the march on Washington. Not only was King fighting to end segregation and discrimination, but he often spoke out against war and nuclear weapons. In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was voted the TIME magazine “Man of The Year” and became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He donated all of the money he received the award to the Civil Rights Movement. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated while preparing for a march in Memphis Tennessee.
Every year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated the third Monday in January. It is a federal holiday celebrated in all 50 states as well as Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshima is the only other place in the world where the holiday is celebrated with the same level importance as it is in the United States. Dr. King often spoke against nuclear weapons and had planned to visit Japan before his assassination, according to AtlasObscura.com.
For the past 33 years in Columbus, there has been a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday breakfast held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Thousands of people attend the event, and every year there is a keynote speaker. This year the speaker was Judge Glenda Hatchett, a former juvenile court judge. It is the biggest event of its kind in the whole country, stated on MLKJrBreakfast.com. Anyone planning to attend the event in future years would need to purchase tickets in advance, as many people look forward to the celebration.
Capital University hosted an MLK day of learning workshop that included discussions on many topics that are often talked about. The event was headlined by Herman Boone, a football coach whose story was made into Disney’s film Remember The Titans. The theme of the day was “The Power of We: Advancing Human Dignity” and focused on Dr. King’s message of equality.
Throughout the country, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered as the 50th anniversary of his assassination approaches. The National Civil Rights Museum welcomed visitors all day in celebration of Dr. King’s life. The celebration included live performances from bands and food trucks from all over the state of Tennessee. They will also be hosting a food drive for the Mid South Food Bank.
The message spread throughout central Ohio, and the world, was to honor a man who fought so hard for freedom. Many of the same events will continue in the future to help raise awareness to younger generations about the great things that Martin Luther King Jr. helped the American people achieve.