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To some, it’s a day of service.  To others, it’s about remembrance.  And to many, it’s about education.

However you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there are plenty of opportunities around town to enhance your experience.

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

Here are a few of the events planned for the coming days:


Cleveland Orchestra Food Drive

WHEN:  Jan. 16-20

WHERE:  Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Donation bins will be placed in the lobbies one hour prior to each concert.  Guests are invited to bring unexpired, unopened, non-perishable items to benefit the Lakewood Hunger Network.

From Jackie Robinson to Trayvon Martin: Sanford, Florida, Then & Now

WHEN:  Friday, Jan. 17 @ 6:15 p.m.

WHERE:  Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood

The chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the city manager of Sanford will discuss Jackie Robinson’s legacy and the Trayvon Martin trial.

Oberlin College’s Community MLK Celebration

WHEN:  Sunday, Jan. 19 @ 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Finney Chapel, 90 N. Professor Street, Oberlin

A solo show by playwright/actor Michael Fosberg tells the story of his search for his biological father and the discovery that he is African-American.

East View United Church of Christ’s Breakfast and Essay Awards Program

WHEN:  Monday, Jan. 20 @ 9 a.m.

WHERE:  East View Church, 15615 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights

Judge Michael J. Ryan will speak on “What Can Be Done to End Racial Profiling?”  Breakfast is served at no charge but a freewill offering will be taken.

Children’s Museum of Cleveland Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

WHEN:  Monday, Jan. 20 @ 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE:  Children’s Museum of Cleveland, 10730 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Children may help create an “I Have a Dream” cloud collage.  Admission is half price.

Cleveland Botanical Garden Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

WHEN:  Monday, Jan. 20 @ 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE:  Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Free admission. Kids will learn about seeds and plants traditionally important to the African-American culture.


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Article and Picture Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News

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