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Columbus Convention Center

400 North High Street

Batelle Grand Ballroom

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Featured Speakers

The Breakfast keynote speaker leads us in tribute to, and remembrance of the fallen, global civil rights leader, Dr. King; who inspired nonviolent liberation movements around the world.  The Breakfast continues to showcase community oratory tributes from student speakers of the Columbus City Schools and the King scholar, a prestigious designee from Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. 


We endeavor to keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s great dream for America alive! 


We are pleased to announce D’Marre Justin Lamar Craddock as our distinguished speaker. A junior at Morehouse College, majoring in Religion and Philosophy, D’Marre hails from Orange Park, Florida. Under the mentorship of Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., he serves as a Chapel Assistant and is actively involved in the Student Government Association, Honors Program, and previously, the Howard Thurman Honors Program as parliamentarian.

D’Marre's academic focus lies in the Philosophy of Theology, particularly examining the impact of religious teachings on African American communities, with a special interest in theodicy and the misuse of religion. His outstanding academic achievements have led him to participate in programs at Harvard Divinity School and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he left a significant impression.

Called to ministry at a young age, D’Marre was licensed as a minister at 15 and is deeply committed to serving his community, mentoring youth, and advocating for social justice. His work addresses critical issues like the gender pay gap, black women's rights, the school-to-prison pipeline, and mental health in the African American community. Guided by the words of James Baldwin, D’Marre is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world.

Join us for the 39th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Breakfast

The Moral Compass of Dr. King's Dream Continues to Point Toward Justice, Unity, Peace, and Love


The City of Columbus takes great pride in its observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. invites the public to the Columbus signature King Holiday event attended by thousands of diverse multicultural individuals. This is the largest event of its kind in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join us at the flagship event on MLK Jr. Day, the national holiday commemorating Dr. King the fallen civil rights leader who transformed the world.

Mark Your Calendar

Monday January 15th, 2024

7:00am - 10:00am

Start your day with an uplifting message of hope, celebration of life, and unity.  Join us for food, fellowship, and light as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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