Celebrate with your community at one of these Cincinnati Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events!

Cincinnati Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events – Monday, January 15, 2018, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On this day, many businesses are closed, and children are out of school. Everyone should take advantage of this occurrence and participate in marches, celebrations or presentations happening around the city. Almost all these events are free and open to the public. If there is a cost, it will be noted in the description. Let’s spend Monday remembering why we have this day off.

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Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Martin’s Dream
January 12
Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage, 4015 Red Bank Road, 45227
10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Martin’s Dream explores the real person behind the pictures: a man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history. Watch the story of his life unfold — from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Tickets are just $10 ($15 on the day of the show) and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000. There are only 152 seats and a limited number of lap passes available for each performance.


MLK Federation of Colored Women’s Club Workday
January 13
Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Club, 1010 Chapel Street, 45206
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Club clubhouse is an important cultural institution in Walnut Hills. The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation will be partnering with student volunteers from Northern Kentucky University to help make the clubhouse look nice. Thanks to ServeOhio for one of seven, state-wide 2018 MLK Day of Service project grants. For more information, call 1-888-823-2922.


Gallery Talks: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream?
January 13
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join Pastor K.Z. Smith of Corinthian Baptist Church for a special gallery talk. This event is free with general admission. For more information, call 513-333-7500.


MLK Day Film Screening and Discussion: Hidden Figures
January 14
Carew Tower, Fifth and Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
4:30 p.m.

Join HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement for a special MLK Day weekend showing of the movie, Hidden Figures (Rated PG). It will be hosted by The Byrd Theatre. The film is free and concessions will be available for purchase. Doors at 4 p.m. A guided audience discussion to follow We will honor Martin Luther King’s legacy of peace, inclusiveness and service with a community viewing and conversation. For more information, call 513-651-1442.


Cincinnati MLK Coalition King Legacy Breakfast
January 15
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
8 a.m.

The Breakfast features exciting performing arts presentations as well as the recipients of the 2018 MLK, Jr. Dream Awards. Awardees are youth and community leaders who embody the spirit of Dr. King and endeavor to keep his legacy alive. Tickets for the King Legacy Awards Breakfast $35 and can be purchased by calling 513-333-7706.


Voices of the Valley MLK Jr. Celebration Service and Brunch
January 15
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 10180 Woodlawn Blvd., 45215
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join AARP and Voices of the Valley churches for a complimentary brunch celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the People of the Dream Award. This uplifting program includes music and is open to the community. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Annual MLK Day Blood Drive
January 15
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha are joining once again for the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Blood Drive. Participants will receive free admission to view the Kinsey Exhibit at the Freedom Center. There is also a second mobile site from 10 a.m. – noon at the Music Hall. Pre-register your appointment online, or call 513-451-0910.


Cincinnati MLK Coalition 43rd Annual Commemorative March
January 15
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
10:30 a.m.

Beginning at 10:30, hundreds of people will gather outside the Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater.  After brief remarks and prayers, marchers will proceed to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service.  The march, which commemorates the civil rights marches led by Dr. King and many others, will proceed to Taft Theatre.  Metro’s Rosa Parks Bus, dedicated to the spirit of Mrs. Parks, will participate in the march, providing limited seating for those unable to make the 1-mile walk from the Freedom Center to Music Hall.  Many area religious leaders will participate during the march and later at Music Hall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513-399-7772.


Cincinnati MLK Coalition Interfaith Prayer Service
January 15
Fountain Square, Downtown
11 a.m.

This happens during the Annual Commemorative March. People who want to participate in the 15-minute prayer service can meet the marchers on Fountain Square. After the prayer service, the march will continue to Music Hall. Join the march there if you like. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513-399-7772.


Cincinnati MLK Coalition Music Hall Celebration
January 15
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, 45202
12 p.m.

The 2018 keynote speaker is the sociologist scholar, Dr. Littisha Bates, this year’s program books are sponsored by Mercy Health. Several area youth choirs will provide an exciting addition to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Chorale music program under the direction of Bishop Todd O’Neal and Steve Milloy. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513-399-7772.


The Killing of History: MLK & How to Build the Movement Today
January 15
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, 45202
12:30 p.m.

This event is to build an effective independent movement to demand liberation for Black and oppressed people who requires a clear understanding of movements past. Food will be provided, but if you would like to bring something, please send a message to the Black Lives Matter. This event is FREE and kid-friendly.


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Help keep the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. alive as we start the year. His vision and contributions have affected all of us in some way. If there are any Cincinnati Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events that we have missed, please submit them to
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