There are many ways to observe MLK Day in Columbus, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courageous and history-making work as a leader of the American civil rights movement. Below, we've highlighted just a few of the things happening for MLK Day in Columbus.
All events below take place on MLK Day (Monday, January 17, 2022)
COSI DREAM Wall
10:00am-2:00pm | COSI Atrium
Share your DREAMS for the world during your visit to COSI on Monday, January 17th! Your dream may be selected to be shared on COSI’s social media page! In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., COSI will host its 3rd annual “Dreaming Station” in the Atrium space. Each year, they engage with families and guests of all ages and ask them to share their dreams for the world on a dream board for other guests to read.
Noon-2 p.m. | Free | Taking place at the Ohio History Center in partnership with the King Arts Complex
Join the Ohio History Center to explore the impact of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual community event is an excellent opportunity for children, families, and friends to enjoy dance, music, and spoken word theatre performances. The MLK Open House is also a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the civil rights movement, participate in art activities, view the art exhibition, and meet new friends.
10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. | Taking place at the Ohio History Center in partnership with the King Arts Complex
In the 1930s, a Black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.
Noon - 4 p.m. | Taking place at the Ohio History Center
Seeds of Caring, with the generous support of White Castle and other sponsors, will have five different service stations set up where kids can contribute to their community in meaningful ways in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities will include making posters with Pint Size Protesters, assembling personal care kits for neighbors in need, decorating and packing snack bags for unhoused neighbors, designing bookmarks promoting diversity in literature with Harper’s Corner, and creating take-home art inspired by MLK's legacy. Together, we can make Monday, January 17, a day on, and not a day off!
37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast (Virtual)
9:00 - 11:00 AM | Presented by the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc.
The City of Columbus takes great pride in its observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. invites the public to the Columbus signature King Holiday event attended by thousands of diverse multicultural. Join the flagship event on MLK Day, the national holiday commemorating Dr. King the fallen civil rights leader.
This virtual event is open to the public, but attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required at $25 per ticket.
Holy Rosary-St. John Church: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Andrea Pannell, OPA
Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Holy Rosary-St. John Church
The Community of Holy Rosary & St. John the Evangelist is hosting its annual MLK Day celebration on Monday, January 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 660 South Ohio Avenue (between Main and Livingston), Columbus, Ohio. The guest speaker is Andrea C. Pannell, OPA. Everyone is welcome!
4:30 - 5:40 p.m. | Columbus City Hall
The MLK Day March is back! The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March will be held Monday, January 17, from 4:30-5:30 pm. The march will begin at Columbus City Hall. All are invited to attend and join in honoring the legacy and leadership of Dr. King.