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University Circle Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:00AM —
Friday, February 05, 2021 2:00PM

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Friday, February 05, 2021

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

The Cleveland Orchestra
In Focus Concert Series Presents the 38th Annual MLK Jr. Concert Celebration
Thursday, Janurary 14, 7:00 p.m.
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This program is part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2021, the annual Cleveland Orchestra Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Open House will take on a virtual format beginning Thursday, January 14, with videos from community partners and Cleveland Orchestra musicians released in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy on The Cleveland Orchestra’s social media channels.

Cleveland Public Library
36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration
Sunday, January 17 - Monday, January 18
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The Cleveland Public Library honors unsung heroes who exemplify Dr. King's legacy. This celebration features performances by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Karamu House, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and The Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival as well as a conversation with Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University
Closing the Divide: Building Communities of Support, Belonging, and Togetherness
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Case Western Reserve University includes the MLK Convocation, which features the celebration's keynote address, along with a variety of other events. Programs are organized and presented by Case Western Reserve University schools, departments and student organizations, aiming to remember King's mission and inspire all members of our community to keep his dream alive.

Cleveland History Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Online Resources
Monday, January 18
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Every year, Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) commemorates and celebrates the history, spirit, and life of one of America’s greatest heroes of social justice and equality – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, WRHS continues this commitment by creating a unique online Martin Luther King, Jr. Day resource. On this day of reflection, take the time to experience this curated collection of free digital programs, activities, and content you can safely explore from home

Cleveland History Center
Virtual Tours - Carl & Louis Stokes: Making History
Monday, January 18, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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Immerse yourself in the stories and lives of Northeast Ohio’s past and present heroes when you sign up for CHC’s live Zoom presentation and walkthrough of Carl & Louis Stokes: Making History, an exhibit that honors Mayor Carl B. Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes. Tours will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required in order to access the Zoom link.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Becoming a Beloved Community
Monday, January 18, 6:00 p.m.
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On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, poets use Michelangelo Lovelace’s painting My Home Town (1998) as a departure point to explore King’s Beloved Community. This painting offers candid commentary on Cleveland’s historical and present state of racial segregation while providing an optimistic perspective through the figures coming together in the center. The program includes opening remarks by Reverend Dr. Jawanza Colvin, the pastor of Olivet Baptist Institutional Church, a museum trustee, and the inaugural chair of the museum’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; original poems recited by Cuyahoga County poet laureate Honey Bell-Bey and acclaimed poet Orlando Watson, and a moderated discussion.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Discovery Day
Monday, January 18, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
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The Museum is offering a variety of free, online programming in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Programs include The Secret Lives of Dinosaurs: Meet a Paleontologist, Human Evolution: Following in Lucy's Footsteps, Meet the Dinosaurs, It's Not Black & White: How a Museum Defines 'Race', and The Skies Above.

Karamu House
Infinite Hope
Monday, January 18
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Karamu House will premiere “Infinite Hope,” a special celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This 55-minute virtual presentation of spoken word, song, and dance is FREE to the community, but registration is required.

Case Western Reserve University
Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation featuring keynote address by Heather McGhee
Friday, February 5, 12:45-2:00 p.m.
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Heather McGhee is a public policy expert who designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. McGhee's forthcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, explores the true cost of racism as the common denominator of our most troubling public problems, and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden
Growing BLack Roots: The Black Botanical Legacy
Attend the Lecture

The Cleveland Botanical Garden will be promoting our Growing Black Roots: The Black Botanical Legacy lecture series through various channels, including free access to full-length videos of the first 4 lectures.

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