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GUIDE: List of events in Northeast Ohio honoring the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these events feature a virtual option but there are a few in-person programs also scheduled.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: Video in the player at the top of this story was originally published on Jan. 18, 2021.

Here's a list of various events being held throughout Northeast Ohio in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Virtual 2022 MLK Convocation
Presented by: Case Western Reserve University
Friday, Jan. 14 | 1- 2:30 p.m. | FREE 
Event Information: The keynote speaker is historian and Peabody Award-winning journalist Jelani Cobb, a staff writer at The New Yorker and the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University.
Register here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration
Building Community Together
Virtual Event.
Hosted by Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals
Friday, Jan. 15 | 8 a.m.
RSVP here by Wednesday, Jan. 13
Event Information: Musical Performances by Musical Pathway Fellowship and Cleveland Institute of Music, Panel discussion hosted by WKYC Studios’ Russ Mitchell and the featured speaker is Justin Bibb, Mayor of the City of Cleveland.

Black Baseball Stories 2022: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Presented by: Community Cup Classic Foundation
Virtual Event
Saturday, Jan. 15 | 10-11 a.m. | FREE
Event Information: The event will pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy. It will also include activities that spotlight the challenging, historic, and legacy of baseball's Negro Leagues and the African American experience in baseball.
Register here.

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Dr. King Celebration
Presented by: Tri-C
Virtual Event
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 2:30 p.m. | FREE
You can watch the program here.
Event Information: The event will feature performances by the Tri-C Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and the Tri-C Vocal Arts Choir, JazzFest Academy and Dance Academy.

Cleveland Cavaliers to Honor Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Special Afternoon MLK Day Matchup vs Brooklyn Nets
Monday, January 17 | 3PM
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Event Information: The game will recognize the accomplishments of Dr. King. There will be video montages played on the Humongotron, to special routines from the Cavaliers Entertainment Teams, and a MLK-themed halftime performance by painter David Garibaldi.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Concert
Presented by: BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 3-4 p.m.
In person & virtual event
BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement
2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland 44113
A suggested donation of $5 is encouraged for everyone attending in person.
Donations can be made here.
Streaming is FREE and LIVE from the BOP Stop
Event Information: The program will feature sacred and secular music along with music by African American composers. All guests must show proof of vaccination or have a negative test result within 72 hours of entering to be admitted to the show. For more information, click here. 

Free MLK Day Celebration
Presented by: Maltz Museum Of Jewish Heritage
Monday, Jan. 17 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | FREE
In person & virtual event
Event Information: The event will include free Museum admission, virtual family activities, and a special online program featuring Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. Advanced registration is required. Register here.

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Discovery Day
Enjoy free virtual programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Monday, Jan. 17 | 10 a.m. | Virtual | FREE
Event Information: The event will feature interactive tours of the nighttime sky, and wildlife appearances. Plus, meet scientists and see specimens not usually on display. For more information, click here.

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Monday, Jan. 17 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | FREE
Event Information: Guests will enjoy the beauty of indoor and outdoor gardens with free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A family-friendly craft will be made available while supplies last. For more information, click here.

MLK Day Free Computer Giveaway for Students K-12
Hosted by Love in Action Ohio
Monday, Jan. 17 | 12-4 p.m.
15500 Lake Shore Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Event Information: The event will feature COVID 19 testing and vaccination pop up clinic. Computers will also be given away to the first 50 kids tested for COVID 19 (please bring proof of enrollment in school).
For more information, please call 216-310-4935.

Dr. King Celebration with Cleveland State University
Virtual Event
Tuesday, Jan. 18 | 8:30 a.m. | FREE
View the program here.
Event Information: The event will include presentations by students commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy, remarks from Tri-C President Alex Johnson and CSU President Harlan Sands, along with musical performances that include a gospel medley featuring “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by local recording artist Gerald Skillern.


The annual interfaith and interdenominational City of Akron commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. King
Presented by: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Coalition
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 5 p.m. (prelude musical devotion beginning at 4:45 p.m.)
Event Information: People of different walks of faith and no faith, across Akron will recommit to living out the vision of Dr. King. The keynote speaker is Ms. Angela Cornelius Dawson, the Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The event will also feature the inspiration of various local musicians.
For more information contact Minister Peggy Holmes, 330-322-6933, pmcholmes@yahoo.com

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Annual Breakfast
Presented by: The Akron Urban League
Virtual Event
Monday, Jan. 17 | 9-10 a.m. | FREE
Register here.
Event Information: Speakers will discuss lessons from influential leaders of the past and share how Dr. King’s legacy has inspired people to be a voice for change, diversity and equality.

FREE admission to the Akron Zoo for all guests to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Monday, Jan. 17 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$3 parking fee for non-members
Get Tickets here.

MLK Day Celebration
Presented by: Akron Art Museum
Monday, Jan. 17 |11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | FREE
Event Information: Activities are appropriate for all age levels. No registration necessary. For more information, click here.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Birthday Celebration
Presented by the National Alumni Council/UNCF
Monday, January 17 | 1 PM | FREE | Virtual Event
Event Information: The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President of Dillard University. And, National Gospel Recording Artist, Geoffrey Golden will perform.
Watch the event here. 

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published on Aug. 28, 2020.

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