MLK Day 2018





Keeyana Avery

Martin Luther King Day Jr. Day 2018 Celebration Returns to Music Hall

CINCINNATI, OH –December 7, 2017 – The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition announces a series of events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018.  This is the MLK Coalition’s 43rd annual celebration of the holiday in Cincinnati, dedicated to keeping Dr. King’s legacy vibrant in our community.  The theme for the 2018 events is “If Not Now When?”.  The day is filled with opportunities for participation, commemoration and celebration.

Events Free and Open to the Public: Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition

  • 10:30 a.m. Commemorative Civil Rights March begins at the Freedom Center
  • 11:00 a.m. Fountain Square, Interfaith Prayer Service followed by march to Music Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. Music Hall, MLK Commemorative Celebration

Ticketed Events include:

  • Ticketed Breakfast sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition:
    • 8:00 a.m. King Legacy Awards Breakfast at the Freedom Center

          The King Legacy Awards Breakfast is being held at the Freedom Center.  The Breakfast features exciting performing arts presentations as well as the recipients of the 2018 MLK, Jr. Dream Awards. Awardees are youth and community leaders who embody the spirit of Dr. King and endeavor to keep his legacy alive. Tickets for the King Legacy Awards Breakfast may be purchased by calling 513-333-7706.

Beginning at 10:30, hundreds of people will gather outside the Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater.  After brief remarks and prayers, marchers will proceed to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service.  The march, which commemorates the civil rights marches led by Dr. King and many others, will proceed to Taft Theatre.  Metro’s Rosa Parks Bus, dedicated to the spirit of Mrs. Parks, will participate in the march, providing limited seating for those unable to make the 1-mile walk from the Freedom Center to Music Hall.  Many area religious leaders will participate during the march and later at Music Hall.

  The Commemorative Celebration begins at noon at Music Hall. The 2018 keynote speaker is the sociologist scholar, Dr. Littisha Bates, this year’s program books are sponsored by Mercy Health.

Several area youth choirs will provide an exciting addition to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Chorale music program under the direction of Bishop Todd O’Neal and Steve Milloy.

All events except the Legacy Awards Breakfast are free and open to the public. For more information visit or contact Keeyana Hall at



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