King Day Events 2015

King Day Events 2015

Monday, Jan. 19 is the national observance of Martin Luther King's birthday. There are several events going on to honor the civil rights leader.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is partnering with the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland on Martin Luther King Day, January 19, 2015. Each guests who chooses to donate $1 or more to the UBF will receive a $10 admission ticket to the Aquarium to be used that day only.

UBF volunteers will be present in the GCA lobby collecting donations and providing stamps for guests to receive the discounted Aquarium admission ticket. Both adults and children receive the general admission rate of $10 when donating at least $1 each. No pre-sales are available.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering free admission today in honor of Dr. King. Organizers are also planning special presentations of music from the civil rights movement. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University and Berea Unite for 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week against a backdrop of renewed national dialogue around race, justice and reconciliation, BW and the city of Berea are preparing to continue a tradition that is now a quarter of a century in the making, staging the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Week under the banner of "One Flame, One Voice, One Dream."

The 2015 celebration kicks off with a gospel music Songfest on Sunday, January 18 and concludes with an interactive "Your Feet, My Shoes" display on Friday, January 23. A community prayer breakfast, Creative Expressions student video presentation and MLK Day of Learning are also among the activities designed to encourage every age group to get involved.

Monday, Jan. 19 is the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. For more information on the weeklong events - click


Candlelight March

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

Berea-Midpark High School, 165 East Bagley Rd., Berea The MLK Candlelight March will begin at the Berea-Midpark High School and move westward on Bagley Road ending at BW's Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG) at 340 Front St. Refreshments will be served with a brief reflection after the march.

Creative expressions - video presentation

Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m.

Berea Branch Library, 7 Berea Commons, Berea A reception showcasing short videos created by students ages 13-18 that celebrate the ideals and legacy of Dr. King. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Berea Branch Library.

MLK Day of Learning

Thursday, January 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

BW and Berea-Midpark High School students host educational and interactive activities based on Dr. King's legacy and the Civil Rights Movement. Visiting fourth grade students gain an understanding of his vision. Not open to the public.

Chapel Worship Service

Thursday, January 22, 12:15 p.m.

Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea All are welcome to worship at this service to honor the memory of Dr. King.

Keynote Speaker: Charlise Lyles

Thursday, January 22, 8 p.m.

Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea Cleveland native, journalist and poet, Charlise Lyles is a voice of inspiration for what it means to overcome childhood adversity. Her book "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? From the Projects to Prep School" is a highly acclaimed memoir that touches on issues of sexism, racism and educational inequality. Part of "Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series."

"Your Feet: My Shoes"

Friday, January 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Strosacker Hall- Student Union, 120 E. Grand St., Berea People of Color United hosts an interactive maze displaying common and current issues and "isms" we face in today's society, stimulating greater awareness and understanding.

MLK and Peace at a Time of War

Regular Library Hours

BW Ritter Library, 57 E. Bagley Rd., Berea Part of an ongoing series of displays that shows the U.S. involvement in war from a variety of angles. In January, the library will celebrate MLK and his contributions to peace at a time of extraordinary conflict in America and on foreign shores.

Great Lakes Science Center

MLK Day - Free admission Monday, January 19

Get free general admission to the Science Center on Monday, January 19 from 10 am - 5pm. Enjoy Big Science Shows, live science demonstrations and more.

Cleveland Museum of Art

On Monday, January 19, the Cleveland Museum of Art will open its doors for a free daylong celebration of art, music, and film in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Join handson northeast ohio for the 7th annual "Get your handson the dream" MLK Day of service

HandsOn Northeast Ohio (NEO) will be hosting a day of service projects across Northeast Ohio in honor of Dr. King's legacy of service. Make this MLK Day a Day On, Not on a Day Off! HandsOn NEO is engaging Northeast Ohio residents to "Get Your HandsOn the Dream." On Monday, January 19, 2015 volunteers will serve at multiple sites across the Greater Cleveland area.

  • HandsOn NEO has partnered with Target to renovate New Tech School at East Tech high from 8:00 – 1:00 pm on 01/19. This project will also engage local youth in service from 10:30-1:00 pm. Over 60 volunteers will be engaged in painting, cleaning, and organizing projects.
  • HandsOn NEO is partnering with the Chagrin Valley Council of Churches to do various support projects in preparation for the 24th annual Homeless Stand Down. These prep projects will take place from 10:00-1:00 pm at 5136 Pearl Rd. Cleveland, just right of the “Rooms Today Outlet”. Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits, make bagged lunches and more.

"Hear Our Voices," a day-long celebration of the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHERE: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122; 216.593.0575;
WHEN: Mon., Jan. 19, 11am – 5pm

11:30am - Be part of a tribute to Civil Rights advocate and longtime Call & Post Associate Publisher and Executive Editor, Connie Harper. This panel discussion focuses on the importance of black voices in the media moderated by Sonali Wilson (General Counsel, Cleveland State University) and including Sheila Wright (Executive Director, Cleveland NAACP), Constance Haqq (Director of Administration & External Affairs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District) and James W. Wade III (Reporter, Call & Post).

1pm – Hear an inspiring spoken word performance by Black and Jewish, Pushcart-nominated poet, TEDx speaker and facilitator of critical identity discussions, Aaron Levy Samuels. The Cave Canem Fellow and nationally acclaimed performer's debut collection of poetry, Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps was released last year and a post-oration conversation with Samuels will touch on social inequality, identity and "the multiplicities we all contain within."

3pm - Sing for social change. Blue Lunch guitarist and solo artist Bob Frank applies his vast knowledge of country, blues and bluegrass music to performing a retrospective of protest songs.Other activities throughout the day include a public peace pledge and hands-on "I have a dream" crafts.

WHO: Free & open to the public

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