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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Cincinnati

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march from the Freedom Center to Music Hall in Cincinnati...
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march from the Freedom Center to Music Hall in Cincinnati in 2020.(Albert Cesare | The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 12:55 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) -With the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases around Cincinnati, many of the celebrations planned for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday have changed from in-person to virtual-only, our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer said.

Here’s a list of local events honoring the Civil Rights leader this year.

Saturday, Jan. 15

MLK Day of Service: Neighborhood Cleanup, 11 a.m., Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Join neighbors, Westwood Civic Association and the Price Hill Safety CAT in the first neighborhood cleanup of the year.

Monday, Jan. 17

In-person events

MLK Day Commemorative March, 10:30 a.m., National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 Freedom Way, Downtown. March from the Freedom Center to Washington Park, ending with an interfaith prayer service. Masks required. mlkcoalition.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast and Community Forum, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave., Middletown. Community breakfast, health screenings, speakers and community visioning. Sponsored by City of Middletown. facebook.com.

Free Admission, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. Reserve tickets online: freedomcenter.org.

Cincinnati Parks MLK Day of Service, register: cincinnatiparks.regfox.com/volunteer-a-day.

  • 9 a.m.-noon, MLK Park, Avondale.
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Alms Park, Columbia Tusculum and Mount Lookout.
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Fairview Park, CUF/Clifton.
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Walnut Woods, Evanston.
  • 1-4 p.m. California Woods, California.

Northern Kentucky Branch NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Community Outreach Luncheon, noon, Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Dr. David Childs, professor of education at Northern Kentucky University, will be keynote speaker.

MLK Week of Giving: Blood Drive, Jan. 17-23. Donate blood at Hoxworth Blood Center’s neighborhood donor centers. All donors receive a free “It Takes All Types” umbrella. 513-558-1200; hoxworth.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Skate, 1-5 p.m., Beechmont Rollarena, 3988 Commercial Blvd., Union Township. $7 admission, $2-$4 skate rental. 513-753-6868; beechmontrollarena.com.

MLK Day Holiday Skate, 3-5 p.m., Goggin Ice Center, 610 Oak St., Oxford. miamioh.edu/ice.

Virtual events

MLK Day Commemorative Program, noon. Livestreaming via mlkcoalition.org.

Be the Dream MLK Celebration in Lebanon, 7 p.m. via YouTube and Facebook. Event includes keynote speaker Dr. Celeste Didlick-Davis, musical performances, drum major awards, student art presentation and more. mlklebanon.org.

Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity, noon. Virtual program streaming on Live the Dream Facebook Page and West Chester Township’s YouTube channel. Features keynote speaker Rev. Kendall Wright as well as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, youth presentations and music. In-person march is canceled. livethedreamwcl.weebly.com.

King Legacy Celebration, 9 a.m., via National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Speakers include Lance Wheeler, Mona Jenkins, Celia Willliamson and Linda Early Chastang. Performances by Central State University chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nouveau Chamber Players. $15. freedomcenter.org/klc22.

MLK Week at College of Mount St. Joseph, 11 a.m. via Zoom. Keynote speaker is Dr. Wilson Okello. See entire week’s activities, which include a social justice forum, leadership luncheon and day-of service, at mymount.msj.edu.

Martin’s Dream, streaming online Jan. 17-Feb 28 via the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Production brings to life this historical figure through the power of story, speech and song. Two versions available: one appropriate for younger audiences, and another for ages 8-up. thechildrenstheatre.com.

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