Join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, January 16th in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. Become inspired to find your voice and do your part to contribute to a more equitable world, just as artists have done throughout history through their music.
The programming celebration includes free virtual programming and museum admission and is a part of the Rock the Block Community Days presented by the John P. Murphy Foundation. Timed ticket reservations are required for free admission.
Live Performance on the PNC Stage (Level 1):
11:00am - Charity Evonna
Charity Evonna is a sultry R&B artist originally from Dallas, Texas now residing in Cleveland, Ohio. For Charity Evonna, music allows her to tell her truth and express honest feelings in her songs, "Love Me If It’s Good" and "How You Gonna Love." Struggling with expressing herself, music allowed her to vent, heal, and tell her story the way she always wanted to. With every emotion she chooses rather it be love, pain, or happiness, her eclectic soothing voice and lyrics reach and touch her audience so they may take the journey with her.
1:00pm - Marcus Smith with JAMPOP
- Marcus Smith is a rapper, singer and songwriter born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Smith is a self taught multi instrumentalist. Starting with piano when he was 14, he learned a new instrument each summer for five years including guitar, bass, ukulele and drums. After 15 years in hip hop groups Black and Broke and SANKURA, Marcus is now navigating the music scene as a solo artist.
Must See Artifact Guide (entire museum)
While visiting the Rock Hall on Martin Luther King Day, be sure to pick up one of our Must-See Artifacts guides that will share some important artifacts we have on display that directly tie into the story and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The guide will not only provide additional information about the artifacts during your visit, but also has additional resources for extending your visit at home through our online resources.
In Exhibit Programming (Level 0)
Root of Rock Exhibit, Main Exhibit Hall (Level 0)
Join the Rock Hall’s Education team for the “Where the Ropes Fell: How Early Rock & Roll Broke Barriers” program. How did rock & roll music help break down literal and figurative racial barriers in a time of legal segregation in the United States? This program invites participants to examine how cross-over artists like Ruth Brown found success on both the Black and white charts. As a result, teenagers of different races would dance together at concerts while enjoying the same music.
Film Screening (Level 0)
Forest City Theater, Main Exhibit Hall (Level 0)
All Day - Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech (22 minute film loop
Martin Luther King Day Past Virtual Programming (Level 4)
Foster Theater (Level 4)
Stop by the Foster Theater to catch screenings of our 2021 and 2022 virtual MLK Day programming. And after your visit you can catch the 2023 Virtual MLK Day program on the Rock Hall’s Youtube page!
Take Home Education Materials
Before you head out, be sure to stop by our Education table and pick up some materials to take home and extend your learning.