"Making King Matter" will be the topic of the keynote speaker at Worthington's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 21.
Monday's program, which includes music and dance performances and a free community lunch, will begin at 11 a.m. at the Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St.
Speaker Hasan Kwame Jeffries is an associate professor of history at Ohio State University and specializes in 20th-century African-American history and the civil rights movement. He wrote Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt, a book that investigates the African-American freedom struggles in Lowndes County, Alabama, and the birth of the Lowndes County Freedom Party, an all-black, independent political party that was the original Black Panther party.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Morehouse College and an a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in African-American history from Duke University.
The celebration also will feature the Capriccio Vocal Ensemble and the Capriccio Youth Choir and a dance performance by the St. John's AME Church praise dance ministry.
Lunch will be served in the church basement immediately following the program. No fee is required, but donations of canned food are encouraged.
Donations will support the Worthington Food Pantry and Resource Center.
The event is sponsored by the Worthington Community Relations Commission, Worthington Libraries and the Worthington City Schools.