Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Events planned across Greater Cincinnati

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Cincinnati Museum Center is hosting a celebration of Black empowerment in honor of MLK weekend. The day of programming will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will highlight the past, present and future of Black excellence through art, performances, guest speakers and more. For additional information on the celebration and how to get involved, click here.

On Sunday, Jan. 14, Zion Baptist Church in Avondale is hosting an “Interfaith Vesper Hour,” with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kenneth L. Parker as the guest speaker. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will also feature special guests from the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Nouveau Chamber Players and Members of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati. The church is located at 630 Glenwood Avenue in Avondale.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Cincinnati is hosting the 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Program. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, and will conclude at Washington Park with remarks and a music performance.

The program continues at 12:00 p.m. inside Music Hall, where guests will celebrate the day with music and three community leaders, Bishop Ennis F. Tait, Rickell Howard Smith, and Retired Judge Fanon A. Rucker. For more information on this year’s march, click here.

On Monday, Jan. 15, St. Saviour Church in Rossmoyne is hosting the 22nd annual “Keep the Dream Alive,” ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The event is organized by The Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill. The keynote speaker of the event will be Bishop Ennis Tait, senior pastor and founder of the New Beginnings Church of the Living God in Avondale, and community advocate.

Additionally, WLWT’s Courtis Fuller will be the emcee of the event, which begins at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Creating the Beloved Community.”

On Monday, Jan. 15, the Hoxworth Blood Center is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The drive is happening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way. For those unable to make the blood drive, Hoxworth is hosting an MLK Week of Giving at Hoxworth’s seven Neighborhood Donor Centers from Monday, January 15 – Sunday, January 21. For more information, click here.

On Monday, Jan. 15, Great Parks and the Roselawn Community Council are giving back to the neighborhood with the second annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Nature Center at the Summit before walking out into the neighborhood to collect litter and recyclable items. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To meet up with volunteers in the neighborhood, call on-site contact Sarah Kent at 513-365-7461.