2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

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It’s a day of service to some. It’s about remembrance or education to others.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are several events set around the community to help residents recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is recognized on the third Monday of January, around the time of King’s Jan. 15 birthday.

Events planned in the area include:

Akron-Summit County Main Library Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18
WHERE:¬† Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 High St., Akron. The “Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream” documentary will be shown. A panel discussion will follow.

Candlelight March
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20
WHERE: Berea-Midpark High School, 165 East Bagley Road, Berea. The MLK Candlelight March will begin at the high school and move west on Bagley Road ending at BW’s Center for Innovation and Growth.

Case Western Reserve University Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Friday Jan. 23
WHERE: Tinkham Veale University Center’s Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland. Keynote address by journalist and civil rights author Charlayne Hunter-Gault, followed by a reception and book signing.

Chapel Worship Service
WHEN: 12:15 p.m., Thursday Jan. 22.
WHERE: Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea. All are welcome at this service to honor the memory of Dr. King.

Cleveland Public Library Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration
WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: Cleveland Public LIbrary, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 1962 Stokes Blvd. All-City Arts Drumline and The Disguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word performances. Performance by Open Tone Music, Keynote Speaker Pastor Richard M. Gibson and presentation of Drum Major for Change Award.

Day of Service
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 425 Cleveland Ave. S.W., Canton.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast Celebration
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown, 1111 Lakeside Ave. E., in downtown Cleveland. Event includes a presentation of 2015 Class of MLK Holiday Scholars and a keynote address. The breakfast theme is “Walking in the light.”

Edward L. Peel Coleman Community Center Celebration
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: Edward L. Peel Colman Community Center, 1400 Sherrick Road S.E., Canton. Exhibits and entrepreneur tables, health screenings and Outstanding Community Service Awards, musical guests and speakers.

‘From MLK to Mike Brown: A Series of Inconvenient Movements’
WHEN: Noon, Thursday Jan. 22
WHERE: Hiram College’s Kennedy Center Ballroom. National political contributor Jason Johnson, Ph. D., will present at noon.

Great Lakes Science Center free admission 
WHEN: 10 a.m. Р5p.m., Monday, Jan. 19
WHERE:The Great Lakes Science Center is offering free general admission all day. Imax and food is an additional cost.

Greater Cleveland Volunteers Fourth Annual Food/Hygiene Item Drive
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: Greater Cleveland Volunteers office, 4415 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Will collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to benefit area food pantries. Also honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s service to the country.

“Hate Crimes in the Heartland” documentary screening
WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19
WHERE: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1150 East Blvd. Documentary screening at 2 p.m. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. More here.

Hear Our Voices: MLK Day at Maltz Museum
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood. Begins with a tribute to Connie Harper. AT 1 p.m. is a spoken word performance. At 3 p.m. is a “Sing for Change” performance.

Kent State’s 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
WHEN: 4 p.m., Thursday Jan. 22
WHERE: Kent Student Center Ballroom. The program includes the Black National Anthem, presentation of the 2015 Diversity Trailblazer Award and an MLK celebration kick-off.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in University Circle
WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19
WHERE: The Rink at Wade Oval Park, Case Western Reserve University, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, Church of the Covenant, Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, MOCA Cleveland, The Music Settlement, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. Special programming and admission prices. Full list here.

MLK Video Presentation
WHEN: 7 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 21
WHERE: Berea Branch Library, 7 Berea Commons, Berea. A reception showcasing short videos created by students that celebrate the ideals and legacy of Dr. King. Refreshments provided.

Mount Zion Baptist Church Annual Prayer Breakfast
WHEN: 9 a.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: Mount Zion Baptist Church, 572 Pearl St., Berea. A reflective celebration featuring music, readings, an inspirational talk and a breakfast.

National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: University of Mount Union’s McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day
WHEN: 5 p.m., Sunday Jan. 18
WHERE: Trinity United Church of Christ, 915 N. Main St., Akron. Theme is “A Day On, Not A Day Off.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Free Day
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 E. 9th St. The museum will offer live performances, education programs and family activities. Admission is free.

Songfest 2015
WHEN: 4 p.m., Sunday Jan. 18
WHERE: United Methodist Church of Berea, 170 Seminary St., Berea. A gospel music celebration featuring BW’s Voices of Praise, Berea-Midpark High School Choir and other performing artists.

Tri-C’s 38th Annual Dr. King Celebration
WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18
WHERE: Metropolitan Campus Auditorium, 2900 Community College Ave. The event features performances by Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Richard Smallwood and the Cleveland Philharmoic Orchestra, scholarship presentations and speeches honoring Dr. King.

University of Akron’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities Fair
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday Jan. 19
WHERE: Student Union Grand Ballroom at the University of Akron. Includes information on King, a variety of children’s activities, performances and visual displays.

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