Westerville News & Public Opinion

Two big events on MLK Jr. Day

Westerville will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with two annual community events focused on diversity and equality.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, presented by Leadership Westerville, will be at 8 a.m. Jan. 20 at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road.

The theme of this year's breakfast will be "The Fierce Urgency of Now," and the speaker will be Bishop Timothy Clarke of the First Church of God, Columbus.

As always, the breakfast will include the presentation of the community's Fouse and Alston awards, which recognize students and community members who put King's principles into action.

Registration will begin the day of the breakfast at 7:30 a.m., or can be completed in advance online at LeadershipWesterville.org. The cost is $25 per adult or $15 per student.

Also on Martin Luther King Day, the city and Otterbein University's Center of Community Engagement will host "Crossing the Cultural Divide," an event for people of all ages, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

The event, which is meant to highlight the city's growing diversity, will feature samples of foods from various cultures, along with crafts and entertainment.

The Community Center event is free.

-- Jennifer Nesbitt