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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 17, 2022, 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. Let’s spend Monday remembering why we have this day off.

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Sunday, January 16th


Martin Luther King, Jr. Vesper
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Zion Baptist Church (Avondale)
Free Entry
Church service with special guests Mayor Aftab Pureval and Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Nouveau Chamber Players.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
10 a.m.  – 1 p.m.
Lincoln Height Missionary Baptist Church (Lincoln Heights)
Free Entry
16th annual church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Monday, January 17th


Martin’s Dream
$15 and up
The Children’s Theatre play about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Robert “Sunny” Hill Community Center (Middletown)
Free Entry
Breakfast and community forum.


MLK Day of Service
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cincinnati Parks (Various locations)
Free Entry
Volunteer beautification project.


MLK Coalition March
10:30 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Downtown)
Free Entry
March ends at Washington Park and prayer will follow.


Annual MLK Day Blood Drive
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Downtown)
Free Entry
Hosted by Hoxworth Blood Center.



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



Virtual MLK Commemorative Program
12 p.m.
Free Entry
Features keynote speaker Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr.


37th Annual MLK Virtual Celebration
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Featuring musical performances and keynote speaker Dr. Celeste Didlick-Davis, NAACP Butler President.



Tuesday, January 18th


The American Music of Freedom: A Tribute to MLK
7 p.m.
Memorial Hall OTR (Downtown)
$6 – $8
Jazz concert.




Wednesday, January 19th


MLK Week of Giving: Blood Drive
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hoxworth Blood Centers (All locations)
Free Admission
All donors receive a free “It Takes All Types” umbrella.


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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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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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