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

 

Cincinnati MLK Day Events

Martin Luther King Day March

Annual MLK Blood Drive

Monday, January 20, 2020, 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 free entry and are open to the public. If there is a cost, it will be noted. Let’s spend Monday remembering why we have this day off. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.

Visit these Black historic sites in Cincinnati while you’re out. 

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Ceremony
January 17
Kresge Auditorium, UC Medical Sciences Building
Directions
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Emcee, Judge Fanon A. Rucker will present Honorees Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Courtis Fuller and Lincoln Ware. National Association of Black Journalists President Dorothy Tuckers will be the keynote speaker.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Vesper
January 19
Zion Baptist Church
Directions
5 p.m.
Free Entry
Guest speaker is Nathaniel Lampley. Guest performers include Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Nouveau Chamber Players.

 

MLK Day of Service
January 20

Cincinnati Parks
Various locations
9 a.m.
Free Entry
Have a “day on” instead of a “day off” while volunteering during a beautification project at participating Cincinnati Parks.

 

MLK Day Clinic
January 20
P&G Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy
Directions
9 a.m.
$86.59
Girls and boys ages 7 – 18 will learn cover hitting, fielding, proper throwing mechanics and how to lead the team. Tickets must be purchased by January 19.

 

Lighthouse Youth Services: MLK Day of Service
January 20
Lighthouse Youth Services
Directions
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free Entry
Join volunteers as they help process donations.

 

MLK Holiday Day Camp: Wildlife Mysteries
January 20
Avon Woods Nature Preserve
Directions
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$33
Kids in kindergarten to third grade will love this mystery-solving adventure while we learn about local wildlife and the traces & tracks they leave behind. Children should come dressed for fun in the cold and bring a packed lunch and drink.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
January 20
Lincoln Height Missionary Baptist Church
Directions
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Entry
Come to this 16th annual service.

 

MLK National Service Day 
January 20
Cincinnati Birth Center
Directions
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free Entry
Join in helping to paint, demo, and decorate the Cincinnati Birth Center for national service day. Bring a smile and wear work or painting clothes. Equipment will be provided.

 

Mobile Mammography
January 20
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Directions
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
When was the last time you had a mammogram? Call 513-686-330 and press 1 to schedule your appointment. Participating insurances are billed. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

 

Pursuing His Dream
January 20
Cincinnati Museum Center
Directions
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$0 – $14.50
Enjoy a day filled with musical performances, vendors, and lectures honoring the teachings of one of America’s most prominent activists and civil rights leaders.

 

Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity
January 20
The Square at Union Centre
Directions
10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Celebration of Unity Expo 10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Main Street inside Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd. Free. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. with music by Lakota West Jazz Combo.

 

MLK Coalition March
January 20
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Directions
10:30 a.m.
Free Entry
Meet outside of the Freedom Center to join the march.

 

CommUNITY Table
January 20
IKEA
Directions
11 a.m.
Free Entry
Celebrate MLK enjoying a meal, light snacks and coloring activities for the kids in an inclusive space.

 

Annual MLK Day Blood Drive
January 20
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Directions
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry
Sign up online to schedule an appointment to donate blood. If you have any questions, call 513-451-0910.

 

Interfaith Prayer Service
January 20
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Directions
11 a.m.
Free Entry
The march starting at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will make a stop at Fountain Square for prayer. It will continue to Music Hall.

 

MLK Commemorative Program
January 20
Music Hall
Directions
12 p.m.
Free Entry
Keynote speaker Dr. Tammy Kernodle, professor of Musicology at Miami University, Oxford, OH, will offer reflections on the theme “Sounds of Struggle…Songs of Freedom.”  Between performances by the award-winning MLK Chorale, under the direction of Lois Shegog, Dr. Kernodle will explore the songs that have carried the spirit of freedom movements of the past into the present day. Additional performances will be presented by the Nouveau Chamber Players.

 

MLK Free Museum Day
January 20
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Directions
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry
Enjoy free entry to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming. Visitors may immerse themselves in The Rosa Parks Experience or the Motel X exhibition for an additional $5.00.

 

20th Annual Keep The Dream Alive
January 20
Church of the Resurrection Bond Hill Food Pantry
Directions
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry
The keynote speaker for the celebration will be Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner and the Master of Ceremony will be Courtis Fuller of WLWT.

 

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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 The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.

 

 

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