The Dream Lives On: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 11, 2021
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IUPUC, the NAACP of Bartholomew County, and the African American Pastors Alliance will be co-sponsoring a day-long event to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18, 2021. The celebration, titled “The Dream Lives On,” includes several virtual events, a "grab and go" lunch, and a silent march in downtown Columbus, culminating with a reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Full Schedule of Events

7:30 to 9:00 am – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life and Legacy

Attend using Zoom: or Facebook Live:

  • John Sims, Athletic Director, St. Peter’s Lutheran School – Keynote Speaker
  • “The Story of Reconstruction”
  • Presentation of African American Pastors Association Scholarships

11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Grab and Go Lunch sponsored by Homeboyz and the NAACP

At Homeboyz (1451 Washington Street). Please remain in your vehicle on 15th Street – volunteers will deliver the meal(s) to you.

  • Installation of the Newly-elected NAACP 3071 Executive Officers

1:00 to 3:30 pm – Speaker and Panel Discussion

Attend virtually at

  • Reinhold Hill, Vice Chancellor and Dean, IUPUC – Presentation of IUPUC Excellence in Diversity Awards
  • Kevin Jones, Associate Professor of Management, IUPUC– Keynote Speaker
  • Slade Crowder, Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Columbus Regional Health
  • The COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community
  • Johnnie Edwards, President, Bartholomew County NAACP – Panel Moderator
    • Tyshaun Allen
    • Brian Lewis
    • Rachel Woods
  • Presentation of NAACP Awards

4:00 to 5:00 pm – Silent March

Begin at Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza (536 5th Street)
End at Columbus City Hall (123 Washington Street)

  • "I Have a Dream"
    • Zacaria Scruggs, Columbus North High School