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University Circle Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Date Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Friday, January 19, 2018

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Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in University Circle. Enjoy special programs and activities in honor of Dr. King throughout the week.

UCI will provide free shuttle buses on Monday, January 15 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to take visitors to the museums and organizations offering special activities. Stops include Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Severance Hall, Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch; MOCA Cleveland, and Cleveland History Center.

Sunday, January 14

Church of the Covenant
10:00 a.m.
Join us for worship at 10:00 am when Covenant pastors Melanie Marsh Baum and Amy Starr Redwine will present a dialogue sermon titled "On the Basis of Love," putting themes of Martin Luther King Jr's life and writings in conversation with scriptures. The Cleveland School of the Arts’ R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir, Dr. William Woods, director, will be participating in the service along with the Covenant Choir.

The Cleveland Orchestra
7:00 p.m.
FREE (tickets required)
In 2018, honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary year of his tragic death, The Cleveland Orchestra presents this special community concert. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in a program celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Music Settlement
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Join us for a musical afternoon of performances by students and faculty in celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 15

University Circle Inc. - Special Hours at The Rink
Noon-7:00 p.m.
Spend an afternoon skating on The Rink at Wade Oval! Admission is FREE, and skate rentals are $3.

Cleveland Botanical Garden
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Stop by the Garden for free admission all day, and a craft from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cleveland History Center
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE ($3 carousel rides)
Enjoy hands on activities in the Crawford rotunda for the kids, interpretation of the Carl & Louis Stokes Making History exhibit with Director of Community Relations Susan Hall, explore the first floor of the Hay-McKinley mansion, and participate in additional activities in the research library.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
There's so much to see and do at the Cleveland Museum of Art! Click here for a full list of times and activities.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Meet our curators and discover specimens from our collections on this special free day. Take in a mini planetarium show. You can also visit the Smead Discovery Center and make a craft to take home.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Noon-5:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra opens the doors to Severance Hall for an afternoon of free performances and activities.

Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
1:00 p.m.
Honor Dr. King's life and legacy at the 33rd Annual Commemorative Celebration.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Explore how iconic civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens fought against discrimination to change America. See our current special exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews & Medicine in America, to learn about the historic struggle for equality in health care and take a look at the future of medicine in America. Then, share a cause you would fight for! Join in a lively panel discussion with Margaret Mitchell of the YWCA, Peggy Zone-Fisher of the Diversity Center, Jazmin Long of Global Cleveland, and Kayla Griffin of the NAACP on civil rights, gender, and race today. Plus, enjoy music from the Evelyn Wright Quartet on this family-friendly day.

MOCA Cleveland
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Explore MOCA and enjoy hands-on activities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 19

Case Western Reserve University
12:45-2:15 p.m.
Award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will discuss her work and perspective in a talk, titled “The Struggle Continues: The King Legacy and Fight for Justice in Education."

University Circle Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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