MLK Choir

Community Programming

The Department of Neighborhoods is proud to host a series of annual community programs that demonstrate the values of community. Get involved by joining us for one of the following events. For more information, call (614) 645-1993.

Additional City Programming with Neighborhoods Support
Pride Illumination
The African American Cultural Festival
The African American Male Wellness Walk

Cultural Events in ColumbusBlack History Month Events Calendar
Hispanic Heritage Month Events Calendar

MLK Celebration III

The MLK March and Celebration

Monday, January 20, 2020 
East High School
1500 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205

Doors open at 4:00 p.m., march begins at 4:45 p.m., program begins at 5:30 p.m.
Every year, residents from all over Columbus are invited to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. King, whose words and teachings remind us of the power of community. Seating is limited.
Click here to RSVP.

Talent Show Photo

Neighborhood Pride Talent Show

Saturday, December 14, 2019
The King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave, Pynthian Theater
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Come out and enjoy the 14th annual Neighborhood Pride Talent Show! This year, students from Buckeye, Ridgeview, and Yorktown Middle Schools will perform a variety of acts from musical instruments to illustration to singing and more! Students auditioned in October and November at their schools and were selected as the top talent from each middle school. Over the last several weeks they’ve worked with mentors to get them prepared for the final show! Support our local youth and watch them shine on stage!

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MLK Oratorical

The MLK Youth Oratorical Contest Saturday, December 7, 2019
867 Mt. Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
The MLK Youth Oratorical Contest is a time to showcase the unique talent of our community's youth. Each year a theme is selected, and students from across Columbus are invited to write and perform an oration that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's theme is "Where Would We Be? Where Will We Be?". Winners of the City of Columbus Youth Oratorical Contest will have the opportunity to present at the MLK Jr. Breakfast and City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. evening program. They will also have the opportunity to compete in the statewide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest in April 2020. Click here to see the results from the contest

MBK Conference

My Brother's Keeper Conference Saturday, October 19, 2019
Columbus Africentric Early College Pre K-12
3223 Allegheny Ave, Columbus, OH 43209
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The My Brother's Keeper Conference is a time for the community to convene with young men of color from across Columbus. Last year's theme was "Navigating Success in a Digital World", and keynote speaker Inky Johnson shared his story and the power of perseverance with over 160 young men.


Neighborhood Best Practices Conference

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Columbus Downtown high School
364 S. Fourth St.
Columbus, OH 43215
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration is now opened for the 10th Annual Neighborhood Best Practices Conference.  The theme this year is, "Power of Us: Opening Doors to Create a Safe and Civil Community".  Be prepared for a full day of learning, resource sharing and networking!

BHM Panel

Community Relations Commission Lunch & Learn Series

April 18th, May 16, June 20th
The Jerry Hammond Center - Continental Room
1111 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43205
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This year's Lunch and Learn series will focus on protected classes, trauma, and we can do to help. Join us as individuals, service providers, and experts share their experiences. 

Yom Hashoah Program

Yom Hashoah

Friday, May 3, 2019
City Council Chambers
90 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Every year the City of Columbus commemorates those who were lost in the Holocaust with the Yom Hashoah Observance at City Council Chambers. Join us this year as we come together as a community and reflect and promote the continued education about tolerance and diversity in Columbus. 

MBK Job Fair

My Brother's Keeper Job Fair

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Jerry Hammond Center
1111. E. Broad St, Lower Level, Columbus, OH 43205

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for the 2019 MBK Job fair, where local businesses, organizations, and trades will be present to speak to young men and women about employment opportunities. 


Black History Month Celebration

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Gateway Film Center
1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This year for the Black History Month Celebration, middle schools from across Columbus will bring students for a special viewing of the Documentary, "I, Too, Sing American: Harlem Renaissance at 100".  The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion where students can interact with local artists.