Photo Credit: Cincinnati MLK Coalition

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


Photo credit: MLK Coalition March 2018

Monday, January 21, 2019, 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. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. 


Building Intersections of Hope: A Global Response to the Dream
January 17
Great Hall – Tangeman University Center
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The celebration begins with a reception, followed by an hour-long program featuring several performances and a keynote address from City of Cincinnati Councilwoman and change agent Tamaya Dennard.


Main Library Hosts Students Wrote Books About Cincinnati Legends
January 19
Main Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
2 p.m.
Students from Bond Hill Academy and Winton Hills Academy will be honored by the National Youth Foundation. They are presenting their original picture book biographies to Civil Rights icon Judge Nathaniel Jones and NBA Hall of Fame legend Oscar Robertson.


Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Martin’s Dream
January 19 – 20
Cincinnati Children’s Theatre
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 $13 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000. 


Cincinnati MLK Coalition King Legacy Breakfast
January 21
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
8 a.m.
400 Years of Enslavement: It Stops With Us. The breakfast features exciting performing arts
presentations as well as the recipients of the 2019 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 $40 for adults and $20 for youth. Purchase by calling 513-333-7706.


MLK Day of Service – Neighborhood Parks
January 21
Cincinnati Parks
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join Cincinnati Parks in our neighborhood parks to help maintain safe, clean and beautiful public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Potential locations include Inwood Park (Mt. Auburn), Hauck Botanical Garden (Walnut Hills), Burnet Woods (Clifton), MLK Park (Avondale) and indoor activity at LaBoiteaux Woods (Northside/Clifton). Register online


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Camp
January 21
Perfection Gymnastics School
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come this MLK Jr. day for a time of fun and reflection. A day full of gymnastics, activities, and memorable lessons awaits! Cost runs from $5 – $50. 


Living His Dream: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
January 21
Cincinnati Museum Center
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging in interactive programming, live performances and diverse vendors throughout the day. Ticket prices run from $5 – $14.50 and can be purchased online. All events are free to Cincinnati Museum Center members.


Cincinnati MLK Coalition 44th Annual Commemorative March
January 21
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
10:30 a.m.
Hundreds of people will gather outside the Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater. The march will reach Fountain Square for 11 a.m. for an Interfaith Prayer Service. By 12 p.m. everyone will head to Music Hall for the MLK Commemorative Celebration. The keynote speaker will be Reverend Derek Terry.


Annual MLK Day Blood Drive
January 21

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Help save a life. The purpose of this drive it to facilitate blood donation to local Hoxworth facilities on the MLK National Day of Service honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Additionally, it is to raise awareness of those in need of blood donations throughout the year. All walk-ins accepted, but you can set up an appointment online or by calling 451-0910. 


Keep the Dream Alive Award Ceremony
January 21
Church of the Resurrection
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This Award Ceremony honors women and men who, by their lives and life’s work, carry on the dream the of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. at 3:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection 1619 California Avenue Cincinnati,  Ohio 45237. This a FREE and open to the public. 


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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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