January 17, 2021 ALL

Today: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events and Enrichment

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion invites you to attend any of the following free virtual events or self-guided enrichment opportunities.

Undergraduate and Graduate students who participate in any of the following events are encouraged to write a 500 word, single-spaced reflection on their experience(s). Students must email their reflection to csdi@jcu.edu by Monday, January 25, 2021 to be entered to receive JCU swag and other social justice themed prizes. Make sure that your reflection has your full name, major, and contact information (email, phone).


Hear Our Voices (free)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM (all day)
Description: Rooted in the Jewish value, respect for all humanity, the Maltz Museum is proud honor the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an all-day celebration including free Museum admission, virtual family activities, and a special online program featuring Dr. David Pilgrim of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Click here to learn more: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/event/hear-our-voices-free-mlk-day-celebration-2/

The King Legacy Celebration ($25/virtual ticket)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Description: This is Cincinnati’s premier event honoring steadfast progress in civil rights. The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embodies the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s principles of courage, cooperation and perseverance. Although our annual celebration as an in-person experience has been interrupted due to COVID-19, our commitment to end oppression, racism and violence cannot waver. For tickets and additional details click here: https://freedomcenter.org/voice/event/king-legacy-celebration-21/

King Day (free)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Description: The event will showcase Dr. King’s work, the history of how the national holiday came to be, as well as how the museum has celebrated the holiday in years past. The online celebration by the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel will feature musical performances by Memphis musicians Garry Goin, TykeT, Karen Brown, Adajyo and many more. Dr. Hasan Jeffries, Associate Professor at Ohio State University and editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, will give scholarly insight on Dr. King’s life and legacy. For young viewers, museum educator Dory Lerner will share a “Small But Mighty Storytime” reading of the book My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart written by Angela Farris Watkins. The storytime session is sponsored by Macy’s. The program will also highlight perspectives from museum volunteers and staff. Click here to learn more: https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day

It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope and Empowerment (free)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Description: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will deliver a digital event including exhibit exploration, live music, and dance performances, rare archival footage, educational spotlights, and more. Click here to learn more: https://www.rockhall.com/MLK-Day-2021

The Skies Above Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (free)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Description: On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in history. Join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Astronomy staff for a virtual planetarium experience and view the sky as it appeared on that momentous evening. We will examine the constellations and planets that an observer may have seen in that evening’s sky and compare it to the celestial display we can see tonight as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Click Here Register: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/42yi9muk/register

Infinite Hope (free)
Dates: January 18, 2021 through January 24, 2021
Description: Karamu House is the oldest African-American theater in the United States and located in Cleveland, OH. Karamu House is planning a 50-minute virtual presentation of spoken word, song, and dance is FREE to the community, but registration is required. Click Here to Register: https://karamuhouse.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F5G00000Lg05IUAR

Becoming a Beloved Community (free)
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Description: This Cleveland Museum of Art program includes opening remarks by Reverend Dr. Jawanza Colvin, the pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a museum trustee, and the inaugural chair of the museum’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; original poems recited by Cuyahoga County poet laureate Honey Bell-Bey; and acclaimed poet Orlando Watson; and a moderated discussion. Click here to learn more (https://www.clevelandart.org/events/virtual-events/MLK-Day-2021) or click the following link to watch live: https://vimeo.com/493456302

41st Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert (free)
Monday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Description: For over 40 years, The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates the unifying message and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This dynamic musical program, performed by The Cleveland Orchestra in historic Severance Hall, features outstanding soloists, the MLK Community Chorus, and the presentation of the Community Service Awards. In the Orchestra’s 41st year of offering music to celebrate and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, it will provide a variety of ways for guests to honor him in the safety of their homes from January 14 through early February. Click here to learn more: https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/press-resources/press-releases/2021-releases/2021-01-07-MLK/


Biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Prepared by The Nobel Peace Prize

Major King Events Chronology: 1929 – 1968
Prepared by Stanford University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Institute

Spotlight on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Under Dr. King’s leadership, nonviolent protest became the defining feature of the modern civil rights movement in America. King’s words were as powerful as his deeds, and his moving and eloquent addresses, which gave hope to millions, continue to inspire people throughout the world. Compiled by The Smithsonian Institution

Five Little Known Facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extraordinary man of many talents and has left behind an enormous legacy. Below you will find five little-known facts about the life and work of King. Compiled by The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech
Full text, video and audio: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm