Dr. Martin Luther King is honored around Columbia

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COLUMBIA - Many events across mid-Missouri celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday. 

Starting off the morning was the Poor Man's breakfast at St. Luke's Church in Columbia. The free breakfast encouraged friends and neighbors to come together to remember Dr. King. 

UM System Interim President Mike Middleton was awarded the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Community Service Award at the annual NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King award program. 

Larry Monroe, a deacon at Second Missionary Baptist Church also received the award. The event was set to begin at 11 a.m. on the MKT Trail and people are scheduled to follow a motorcade through downtown. The event will conclude with a free lunch at the Second Missionary Baptist Church.

Stephens college honored Dr. King through the Celebration of Leadership. Award-winning playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings was accompanied by cellist Jodi Beder. Together, they performed "Hands Up," a long-form poem that traces the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout history. 

Dr. Martin Luther King day will end with a memorial and Candlelight walk held by Columbia Parks and Recreation. It was set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Douglass High School and ended at the Second Missionary Baptist Church. A memorial service was scheduled at 7 p.m. Members of the community were recognized with the annual Dr. King awards.