Columbia hosts diversity celebration breakfast

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By: Isabella Ledonne, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Holiday Inn Expo Center will be bustling with diversity leaders and community members Thursday morning for the 27th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.

The event sold out their available tickets for community members in early January. Those who wish to go now have to be added to a wait list because the celebration has gained so much popularity.

But the celebration is more than just a breakfast. Sarah Dresser, Manager of City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, said how the event has evolved since it's beginning.

"It is also an opportunity to have a call to action," Dresser said. "So we're hoping that people who leave the event will feel inspired and also will take some tools out with them into the community and inspiration that they can continue to do in their daily lives throughout the next year."

The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration began 27 years ago to recognize and celebrate the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the breakfast, two awards will be presented to community members. The first is an individual award for a community member or family in Columbia. The second award is given to an organization or group. 

Both awards recognize the diversity efforts and dedication of members in the Columbia community. Individuals or organizations are nominated through community members for promoting appreciation for diversity and cultural understanding.

Following the breakfast and award ceremony, there will be a diversity presentation and a performance from Stephens College. The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration will begin at 7 a.m. and last until 9 a.m.

Dresser commented on what she hopes for the Columbia community after the conclusion of the celebration.

"We're moving forward and through this journey there is always a need to do more," Dresser said. "There is always room for improvement in our community.

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