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University Circle Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 14, 2022 1:00PM —
Thursday, January 20, 2022 6:00PM

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - Thursday, January 20, 2022

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


Case Western Reserve University
Virtual 2022 MLK Convocation, featuring Jelani Cobb
1:00 p.m.
Join the Case Western Reserve University community for the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Keynote Address. This year's keynote speaker is historian and Peabody Award-winning journalist Jelani Cobb, a staff writer at The New Yorker and the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. Theme: The Half-Life of Freedom, Race, and Justice in America Today. Register here.


University Circle Inc. (UPDATE: Closed on January 17 due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.)
The Rink at Wade Oval
Noon-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission. $3 skate rentals for adults and $2 skate rentals for students
Take winter out for a spin on the fresh ice at The Rink at Wade Oval!
Reserve Your Tickets

Cleveland History Center
Online Resources
Western Reserve Historical Society celebrates the history, spirit, and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of America’s greatest heroes of social justice and equality. This year, WRHS commemorates Dr. King’s legacy by offering a unique online Martin Luther King Jr. Day resource. On this day of reflection, experience a curated collection of free digital programs, activities, and content you can safely explore from home!

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Free Admission to Picturing Motherhood Now and Other Activities
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
On Monday, January 17, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) opens its doors for a free daylong celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who shared a wealth of wisdom on how to create a more just, humane and peaceful world. Visitors may enjoy free admission to the acclaimed, thought-provoking exhibition Picturing Motherhood Now, which brings together works by a diverse range of contemporary artists who reimagine the possibilities for representing motherhood. The museum also debuts its free Family Discovery Pack, a wearable waist pack filled with kid-friendly tools and activities that spark creative and insightful conversations as they reveal personal connections with artworks and artists.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Discovery Day
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Get ready for an exciting day of discovery! The Museum will offer a variety of virtual activities, including special programming, interactive tours of the nighttime sky, and wildlife appearances. Plus, meet our scientists and see specimens not usually on display. Free. Learn more at CMNH.org/calendar/discovery-day-2022 or call 216.231.4600

The Cleveland Orchestra
Free Community Day (Updated 1/6/2022)
Due to the current surge of Covid-19 cases in Northeast Ohio and a High Transmission rating from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Cleveland Orchestra regrets having to postpone its Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert on Sunday, January 16 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day on Monday, January 17. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert will be rescheduled to Saturday, June 4, bringing the community together near the Juneteenth holiday for this uplifting event. The new ticket distribution date will be announced in the coming months.

In lieu of a live concert and community day, people can enjoy a free stream of the full video of the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert from January 17 through February 28 on the Adella app, and Adella.live, The Cleveland Orchestra’s video streaming service. Details of the streamed concert can be found from a previous announcement here.


Cleveland History Center
By the Book Author Series
6:00 p.m.
In this virtual talk on Let the Oppressed Go Free, Dr. McMickle’s 18th book project, the author will consider the influence of various liberation theologies in social, cultural, and political history. Among other topics, Let the Oppressed Go Free focuses on Black Theology, Feminist Theology, and Womanist Theology in America.

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