The itinerary has been set for the Celebration of the King Legacy Ceremony planned for Saturday, January 18 in Columbus. The event is sponsored by the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity.
Morris Dees, a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be one of the featured speakers. The civil rights activist is known for successfully obtaining multi-million dollar civil judgments against the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations, and others. Another featured speaker will be Charles Person, the youngest Freedom Rider member of the original 1961 Congress of Racial Equality.
The program will also include comedian Jimmy Swanigan, CSU's acapella group Genesis, Pariah Poetry and the DSOS Band.
New partners joining the effort this year, according to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, are: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT), Young Professionals of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and Young Minority Leaders of Columbus.
The event will be held at the Plaza Level of the Government Center starting at noon and is free and open to the public.