One Columbus' mission is to create a more integrated and less polarized Muscogee County through education and association. One Columbus (1C) promotes peace, tolerance, and awareness by cross-cultural exchanges, formal and informal educational activities, and community events that bring the area together. Because we are only as strong as our weakest link, 1C works to strengthen the entire community.
One Columbus shall use the community to train the community, thereby strengthening the community.
First incorporated in 2002, with roots stretching back to 1992, One Columbus is the product of two community leaders trying to overcome some of the challenges in a diverse community. In 1992, Rev. J. H. Flakes, Jr. (Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church) and Rev. Charles Roper (St. Thomas Episcopal Church) began the conversations that led to a Unity Service with the idea of building bridges between peoples of different racial, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.
One Columbus grew from discussion groups to panels to seminars and other events. In 2012, One Columbus was absorbed into the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity.
In 2017, concerned members of the community got together with former members of One Columbus and decided to resurrect the organization. A Georgia non-profit corporation, our goal is to help ease some of the divisions in our area.