MLK Day in Cleveland

December 9, 2016
MLK Day in Cleveland

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cleveland history and events


Every year, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the third Monday of January. But this year, let us also recognize the history that Dr. King has with Cleveland.

He first visited Cleveland in 1956 on the heels of the Montgomery Bus boycott, which marked the first mass-scale protest on behalf of civil rights in the U.S. after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala. Throughout his visits in the '60s, Dr. King would speak with Cleveland crowds at Antioch Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cory Methodist Church, and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. Dr. King has attended community meetings and spoken with local leaders in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

He visited Cleveland often during the mayoral campaign of Carl B. Stokes, the first black elected mayor of a major U.S. city. Dr. King continued to work on initiatives related to voter registration, organizing tenant unions, and improving police and citizen relations while visiting Cleveland. One of Dr. King’s last public appearances here was in December of 1967 for a debate at the Cleveland Bar Association.

Cleveland is a part of Dr. King’s story. We celebrate his legacy of service and leadership with a variety of creative programs, service projects, commemorative events, and free admissions to local attractions throughout the city.

Come join the celebration of an amazing and impactful life at one of these events:

City Year Cleveland: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 16
Every year, AmeriCorps members and other volunteers execute services projects to paint in schools, enhance neighborhoods, or offer educational programming. Find out more, including how to get involved, here.

Case Western Reserve University: Celebrate the Dream
Join a celebration that includes workshops, films, panel discussions and acclaimed speakers in honor of Dr. King. More info here.

Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch and others
Various library branches throughout the Cleveland Public Library system will host programming dedicated to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Check the library calendar of events for updates.

Free Admissions: Monday January 16, 2017
* Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Great Lakes Science Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Cleveland Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Cleveland Botanical Garden from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

University Circle Inc. will provide a free shuttle bus to take visitors to all MLK Day participating organizations in University Circle. The shuttle will run from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and will stop at the following locations:
* Western Reserve Historical Society
* Cleveland Museum of Natural History
* Cleveland Museum of Art
* Cleveland Botanical Garden
* Severance Hall (The Cleveland Orchestra)
* MOCA Cleveland

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