Watch online! Ohio 34th Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration

The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission presented awards in categories for Ohioans’ efforts to keep Dr. King’s dream alive and advance his philosophy of nonviolent social change. Awards were presented as part of the annual commemorative celebration held Jan. 17, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus. This free noon event recognizes Ohio individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance social change.

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The annual awards program recognizes the service and achievements of Ohio residents and organizations in areas consistent with the teachings and example of Dr. King. His commitment to seeking racial, social and economic justice through non-violent struggle benefited not only the victims of oppression, but society as a whole. Annual awards lift up both concrete achievements and the continuing spirit of King’s dreams for this nation and Ohio. Additionally, elementary, middle school, and high school students who won first place in at the statewide MLK oratorical contest, held each spring, serve as the event’s keynote speakers. The students speak about peace, unity, and Dr. King’s influence in their lives.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, the commemorative celebration or any other event sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, please contact us at 614-466-8380 or via email at