A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month will be combined in an MLK Unity Day observance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Reynoldsburg municipal building, 7232 E. Main St.

A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month will be combined in an MLK Unity Day observance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Reynoldsburg municipal building, 7232 E. Main St.

MLK Unity Day is free and open to the public and will take place in city council chambers.

The event is being put together by Climate of Change, a new community-based organization chaired by Cornelius McGrady III.

For the past several years, MLK Unity Day has taken place on King's birthday in January. This year, it is being coordinated in conjunction with Black History Month in February, McGrady said.

The event will feature a number of activities, including a guest speaker and the recognition of three MLK Unity Day honorees for their service to the community.

The Rev. Theodore Caesar, minister of conservation for Reynoldsburg's First Church of God, will be the guest speaker.

McGrady said Caesar will speak about the role African Americans played in the Civil War and their overall contribution, as well as the importance of Martin Luther King's message.

Entertainment will be provided by The Shape Notes, a group of singers who will perform gospel music tying into a Martin Luther King and Black History Month theme.

McGrady said attendees will learn about the sacrifices King made to unify people through nonviolent methods to ensure civil rights for everyone.

He said the Climate of Change purpose is to recognize the continued achievements of all ethnic groups and to increase awareness and mutual respect, understanding and consideration of others.

The group was formed late last year and currently has only a handful of members, all local residents. McGrady said they do not meet on a regular basis but do hope the group will grow and eventually become a 501c3 nonprofit organization by next year.

"It's an opportunity to understand the various ethnic groups here outside of the social 'isms' and prejudices to understand the differences of your neighbors to your left and right, and come to understand what you have in common," he said.

More information on MLK Unity Day is available by calling 1-877-663-8028.