List of MLK Day events

List of MLK Day events

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Here is a list of events for Monday's observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.

Prayer Vigil and March 

On Monday, January 18, 2016, @ 2:30pm, we will hold a prayer vigil, rally, and march on the steps of the Justice Center, at Lakeside and Ontario.This community is saddened and outraged at the recent events of injustice towards citizens of this great city, and we publicly cry out and take a stand against inequality and, ineffectiveness in our criminal justice system. Immediately following the prayer rally, we will march from the Justice Center, south on Ontario to Prospect, east on Prospect to the United Church of Christ, located at 700 Prospect Ave, where we will have a brief service, and Rev Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Seminary is the speaker.

Cleveland Public Library hosts the 31st Annual Martin Luther King,Jr. Day Commemorative Celebration

The community is invited to join Cleveland Public Library (CPL) for a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18th at CPL's Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch. CPL will present the "Drum Major for Change" award, which honors Dr. King's call for change and celebrates how each generation echoes his drum beat for change and will compose its own dreams for a better future.

Highlights of the event will include:

-       A keynote address presented by Reverend Jawanza Colvin of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

-       The All-City Arts Drumline, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Department of Arts Education's after-school program

-       Performance by The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry. These gentlemen take classic poetry pieces, movement poetry (mime/breaking/ flexing) and combine it with the art of spoken word

-       Presentation of "Drum Major for Change" award

Doors open at noon, and the program begins at 1:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Great Lakes Science Center – free admission from 10-5 in honor of MLK  Day


Capsule Chat (NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Level 1)

11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

Join us for an informal chat about the Apollo Command Module and the Skylab mission.


Bubblemania (Level 2)

11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.


(Level 1)

11:15 a.m. Wild Weather

12:15 p.m. CryoBlast Big Science Show

1:15 p.m. Wild Weather

2:15 p.m. Blow Out Big Science Show

3:15 p.m. Wild Weather

4:15 p.m. Strange Science Big Science Show


Under Pressure (Level 1)

11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.


Electric Madness Big Science Show

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Energize It!

12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Rock Hall of Fame Museum – Free Admission -

Cleveland Museum of Art – Free Admission 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m

Art Making: Give the Gift of Warmth atrium, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Create scarves to help those in our community who need a little more warmth during the long winter.

Maple Heights Worship service

On Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12 Noon, the New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, located at 18900 Libby Road in Maple Heights, Ohio, will be hosting a community worship service celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin.Luther King, Jr.
The keynote speaker is Annette M. Blackwell, the First African American and the First Female mayor of Maple Heights. The homilist for this occasion is Rev. Gregory Walker, the eminent pastor of the Warrensville Road Community Baptist Church.
The service is free and open to the public; and Pastor Blanton Harper, Jr. and the New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church welcomes the entire Greater Cleveland community to participate in this historic event.


Berea will join with Baldwin Wallace University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

Monday, Jan. 18 is the traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Berea City Hall will be closed as will the Berea City Schools. To begin the weeklong recognition of Dr. King's legacy, please join me and members of my administration at the annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by Mount Zion Baptist Church on Pearl Street.  The service begins at 9 a.m. followed by a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by men of the church. The service includes an inspirational message and concludes with "We Shall Overcome." It is an enlightening experience for all who attend.

That evening, the Candlelight March will step off from the Durst Welcome Center on the campus of BW at 7 p.m.

Other events throughout the week include a Gospel Concert; the keynote address by the Rev. Marvin McMickle, a noted theologian and author; a reception for Berea student-artists who have created various media in honor of Dr. King; and a chapel service.

Please check elsewhere on this site or at for a complete listing of all MLK Jr. Week activities.