Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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    An Annual Celebration of the Life and Teachings of
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    About the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

    The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration brings people together from throughout our community to share breakfast and a special program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The theme for this the 2017 Celebration is “Building an Inclusive Columbia.” The program will include performances representing the rich diversity of our community, live music at the breakfast followed by the presentation of the 20th annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards.

    The 2017 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 7:00-8:45am at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. 

    Naomi Tutu
    We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker, Naomi Tutu.  Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Tutu’s life as an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught her that our whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression, and how the teaching and preaching of hate and division injure us all. In her speeches she blends this passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories. Click here for full bio. 

    Please e-mail us at or call us at (573) 874-7311 if you would like more information or to be added to our Celebration mailing list.

    Ticket registration now open. Visit the Registration Information page for details.