Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
MLK Commemoration
January 21, 2019

MLK Commemoration

Dr. Rita FeltonA community collaboration will bring an official commemoration of the Martin Luther King Holiday to the Trotter Convention Center Jan. 21, 2019.

The partnership involves Columbus Air Force Base, the City of Columbus, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Mississippi University for Women, Sodexo Food Services and United Way of Lowndes County.

Events will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast that is free and open to the public as long as space allows. Program highlights include a keynote address by Dr. Rita Felton, retired command chief master sergeant at Columbus Air Force Base.

Dr. Felton was the first African-American female to be selected for this position and reported directly to the wing commander as one his top advisers. In this role, she advised the wing commander on the mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, and health, morale and welfare. She is the founder and CEO of Accentuate Life Ministries and Felton Consulting Group, LLC.



MLK Commemoration

8:00 a.m.
Trotter Convention Center
402 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, MS

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Day of Service Project

Martin Luther King Day is a National Day of Service, and as a way of giving back, the community is invited to support the over 700 teachers in Columbus and Lowndes County by providing school supplies. The teachers in our community pour their hearts, time, and finances into their students and their classrooms. Around this time of year, teachers are in need of pencils, paper, dry erase markers, paper clips, electric pencil sharpeners, highlighters, white out, colored pencils, Kleenex, germ x, post its, scissors, file folders, and colored paper.

Tools for Schools Project to support teachers in Columbus and Lowndes County
9:00 a.m. (Following Breakfast)
Columbus Soccer Complex
200 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, MS

200 Volunteers will be needed to sort donation prior to the event and an additional 300 Volunteers will be needed to distribute supplies. To volunteer for this community service project, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Volunteer Columbus at (662) 328-0943.



City of Columbus Columbus Air Force Base Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau Lowndes County Board of Supervisors The W Sodexo Food Services United Way of Lowndes County MLK Day of Service



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