Ohio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations
By Theresa Russell

Ohio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations

Commemorate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement with these Ohio events.

The Cleveland Orchestra's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall

Each year on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights movement are commemorated. Several Ohio venues take part in this celebration, both on the day of and during the days preceding. Many events offer classes and a look at history, while others will focus on community – and all are perfect for the kids who are likely out of school for the holiday. Check out a few Ohio places celebrating MLK, Jr. Day!

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra will perform its 40th annual free concert in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This uplifting and inspirational concert will include selections by African American composers, with the likes of Florence Prince, Duke Ellington and Adolphus Hailstork, and will feature the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, an all-volunteer community chorus directed by Dr. William Henry Caldwell.

Ohio History Center

Honoring the role that Martin Luther King, Jr. played in history, the Ohio History Center is celebrating the holiday with themed programming as they open the museum for special hours. The museum will showcase the Civil Rights in Ohio collection with items documenting the actions of Ohio activists around the time Dr. King was leading a national civil rights movement. Additionally, the center will host History Curator Cliff Eckle for a talk about Ohio’s first African American fighting unit in the Civil War and will feature a program that chronicles the Tuskegee Airmen’s participation in the second world war. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Starting on MLK Jr. Day, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will host performances of Coretta Scott King, a show surrounding the life and story of the independent and talented wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Learn about the adversities that King overcame in her childhood and how she came to play an integral role as the First Lady of the American Civil Rights movement.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Music Hall in Cincinnati will feature a variety of events on January 20. Start the day with the MLK Coalition March at 10:30 AM, then make your way back to the museum for free admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming. Additional activities and program highlights being offered include film screenings of True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, a reading station and book giveaway, a family friendly coloring station and more.

Check your local community listings and library for other events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

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