Columbus Legends: Celebrating Our Own

Columbus, Ohio (PressExposure) October 17, 2011 -- In celebration of the upcoming Bicentennial of the City of Columbus, The King Arts Complex will celebrate and honor a league of special individuals. These individuals have walked among us disguised as ordinary persons yet; they are heroes, icons, superstars, champions---Columbus Legends. They deserve our gratitude, respect and appreciation! Columbus is blessed to claim these extraordinary individuals as our own although they are truly world citizens. This year the Foundation for the African Diaspora joins the Complex in celebrating Legends & Legacies: Celebrating Our Own, Thursday, October 20th 7:00 p.m. in the Pythian Theater.

The Legends & Legacies program recognizes the ancestral continuum of the rich and diverse contributions of Americans by paying tribute to local, regional & national individuals that have shown their commitment to freedom through their efforts in social justice, human rights, cultural democracy, artistic excellence and service. Their actions have influenced and impacted their city, state and or nation by philanthropy, commitment to community, policy development, service, leadership, preservation, creativity and vision. Our Columbus Legends have done the same! Legends & Legacies provides an opportunity for us all---adults and youth---to learn of the contributions of not only the honorees but of their mentors and those that have found inspiration and motivation via the work and lives of these legends. Creating a passion for life and the pursuit of one’s dream is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a person---it is the gift of hope. This program shows people within their own communities making a difference and giving back. Thus, Legends & Legacies is far more than an opportunity to recognize significant achievement---it is an opportunity to expose a broad sector of our community and lift them to loftier goals. From the life’s work of our legends, we all can experience first-hand the potential that also lies within ourselves. While life offers us all numerous opportunities as well as challenges, it also offers a magnificent chance to serve humankind!

In celebration of the twenty-fourth anniversary of The King Arts Complex, we celebrate twenty-four of our own: Loann Crane, Robert Duncan, Donald Harris, Lynn Greer, Archie Griffin, Is Said, Larry James, Kojo Kamua, Cathe Kobacker, Doug Kridler, Amos Lynch, Robert Lazarus, Wayne Lawson, Mary McClendon, William & Florence Richardson, Cliff Tyree, Aminah Robinson, Gene Walker, Terri Springer Walker, Ric Wanetik, John B. Williams, Jeanette Williams, Tony & Aziza West, and Catherine Willis.

A VIP Reception in the Nicholson Auditorium will immediately follow the Awards Ceremony. Tickets for the Awards Ceremony & VIP Reception are $100 and $50 for the Awards Ceremony only. For more information contact us at 614.645.5464 or visit

National Legends awarded in 2007 included Ruby Dee, Mari Evans, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta, Sonia Sanchez and Val Gray-Ward; in 2008 Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and James Counts Early were celebrated; in 2009, Dr. Samella S. Lewis, Lerone Bennett and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole were honored; and, in 2010 Dr. Maya Angelou, Bernie Casey and Hal Williams were hailed as Legends.

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Press Release Submitted On: October 17, 2011 at 10:16 am
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