Photos: Opening of the New Martin Luther King Library Branch
On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) held a grand opening celebration for the new Martin Luther King branch on the Near East Side.
Speakers included representatives from CML and the Martin Luther King branch, as well as Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, Reps. Bernadine Kennedy Kent and Joyce Beatty, writer and poet Scott Woods, and other community leaders.
Rep. Beatty introduced the celebration’s keynote speaker, Martin Luther King III, the son of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Sr. opened the first branch and namesake in 1969.
Many of the afternoon’s speakers highlighted Dr. King’s commitment to education and equal opportunity, in relation to public libraries and the fact that the new location sits directly across from East High School on E. Long Street. The younger King also spoke of his father’s mission and legacy, the upcoming Nov. 6 midterms, and his father’s fight for equal voting rights.
The branch is currently open to the public at 1467 E. Long St. and features a new interactive children’s area, ready for kindergarten area, a larger homework help center, larger meeting and study rooms, curated art reflective of the community, and a “Reading Porch” specially designed with the Near East Side in mind.
Find more information on the new Martin Luther King branch here.