Things to do on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018

Things to do on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event in Berea (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Schools are out Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but there's still plenty to do.

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday will be a "day on" rather than a “day off” at The University of Akron.

The University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities Fair will be held Monday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Student Union Ballroom (303 Carroll Street, Akron), where activities will enable the community to utilize the day as more than a holiday to celebrate Dr. King's legacy.

The featured speaker at the event will be Jolene A. Lane, chief diversity officer and vice president of inclusion and equity at UA.

The Activities Fair—focused on children in grades K-12, as well as their families—will include jewelry making and treats, coloring and crafts, biographic information and visual displays of Dr. King, details on the civil rights movement and performers. Community and student organizations will provide activities and messages encouraging non-violence, civic responsibility, respect for differences and highlighting the importance of education.

  • In Warrensville Heights, Bishop Tracy S. Malone will serve as keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Observance breakfast program at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 9 a.m.
  • Baldwin Wallace University and the Berea community will host the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Berea at 9 a.m. The event, which is held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Pearl Street, features music, readings, a speech, and more.
  • The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage opens its doors at no-cost for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with live music, crafts and activities, panel discussion, exhibition tours and more. The FREE event, “Hear Our Voices: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration” will be held on Jan. 15, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum. (2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, OH; Registrations encouraged: 216-593-0575.)
  • Officials in Lorain County will be holding a "Stop the Madness! Stop the Violence! Increase the Peace!" event at noon at 113 East 28th Street. A demonstration and forum will address Ohio's opioid epidemic, as well as crime and violence in the Lorain communities.
  • From noon to 5 p.m., a free community open house will take place at Severance Hall, featuring performances and family activities.
  • At 6 p.m., local leaders will gather at 3855 Carnegie Avenue to release 89 balloons in memory of Dr. King to honor what would have been his 89th birthday.


  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • International Women's Air & Space Museum

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