The holiday is not until Jan. 16, but the next two weekends will be full of activity.
This year's theme is “Letting the Dream Out of the Box.”
“That's about putting the gift we've been given back in the box and not using it,” said Maureen Cadogan, one of the chairs of the committee. “What you don't use, you lose.”
Besides Cadogan, her husband, Anthony, and Gennifer Moore also chair the committee.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee will host its yearly breakfast today at 9 a.m. at Southern Ohio Medical Center's Friends Community Center. Former scholarship winner Jennifer Miller is the featured speaker.
On Sunday, the committee will host a walk from Shawnee State University to Pleasant Green Church on Waller Street for a service on King's legacy. The walk begins at 2 p.m.
“He wanted equal justice for all and an end to racism,” Maureen Cadogan said.
A gospel celebration will be featured on Jan. 15 at Allen Chapel on Dr. James F. Scott Place at 4 p.m.
On the day of the holiday, the committee will host workshops starting at 10 a.m. at Farley Square. It will also host a winter picnic.
The King Day festivities will conclude that day when the annual talent show begins at 7 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School on Kinneys Lane. The four scholarship winners will also be announced then.
Maureen Cadogan said it is important to educate young people about King's legacy to someday eliminate racism.
JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.