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Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy in Ohio
Plan your Martin Luther King Jr. three-day getaway around great events in Ohio!

COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 20,
2012) – In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, Ohio tourism destinations, towns and communities
across the state are hosting events to honor the life and message of the great
civil rights leader.

Throughout MLK Day weekend, there will be a diverse array of
activities for visitors to embrace the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
including peace marches, lectures, musical performances and museum exhibitions.
There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Following is a sampling of events and activities taking
place across Ohio:

Central Ohio

Martin Luther King Jr. March
and Program
, Columbus, Jan. 21

city of Columbus’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March will step off from
Columbus City Hall at 4:45 p.m. Following the march, there will be a free
Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Veteran’s Memorial from 6 - 7 p.m.
Attendants will see vignettes of fundamental figures in Columbus' history,
musical performances by the Eastmoor Mixed Ensemble Choir and the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Mass Children’s Choir, youth oratorical contest, and dances
performed by Ballet Met.

Open House
, Columbus, Jan. 21
This free community event at The King Arts
Complex is an excellent opportunity for families and friends to enjoy music and
live theatrical performances, watch videos, learn about the civil rights
movement, participate in hands-on studio art activities and view art
exhibitions. This year’s event will feature Sonia Sanchez, writer, poet,
playwright and activist. 

Northeast Ohio

Philharmonic Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
, Cuyahoga Community
Cleveland, Jan. 20
Tri-C celebrates the
life of Dr. King in the metropolitan campus auditorium with keynote speaker Roland
S. Martin, author, political commentator and CNN contributor, and a performance
by the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra at 3 p.m. The event is free, but
tickets are required. Call (216) 987-4805 for tickets and information. 

Cleveland Orchestra’s MLK Celebration
Concert and Community Open House
, Severance Hall, 
Cleveland, Jan. 20
The Cleveland
Orchestra performs its annual Celebration Concert with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus and the Central State University
Chorus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call (216) 231-1111 for
tickets and information.


Martin Luther King Jr. Festival,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Jan. 21
This annual, free event has become bigger and better year after year. A
celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., is the focus of
this glorious day of song and dance. This special day is highlighted by
performances from national and local artists. 


Northwest Ohio

MLK Unity Celebration, Toledo, Jan. 21
The University of Toledo and the City
of Toledo present the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life
starting at 9 a.m. at Savage Arena on the University of Toledo campus. The
Toledo Interfaith Mass Choir and a youth choir will perform at the free event.


Southwest Ohio

Culture Fest
, Cincinnati Museum Center, Jan. 19 – 21
Visitors can sample authentic food from an African marketplace, listen
to narrators weave their tales, watch performances by African drummers and visit
an African Village featuring full-size huts representing several African


The Legacy Lives On!, Cincinnati, Jan. 21

The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition
presents events celebrating Dr. King’s vibrant legacy filled with opportunities
for participation, commemoration and celebration. Events include:

  • The King Legacy Awards Breakfast, 8 a.m., National
    Underground Railroad Freedom Center, $30.

  • Civil Rights Commemorative March, 10:30 a.m.,
    beginning on Rosa Parks Way at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    and ending at Music Hall. The march is free to participants.

  • The 36th Annual Commemorative Program begins at
    Music Hall at noon, featuring music by the Martin Luther King Jr. Chorale, and
    is free to attendees.

About the Office of TourismOhio

The Office of TourismOhio is the premier
source of information for travelers and media about Ohio’s vibrant tourism
experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs contributed to
an estimated $40 billion in sales from visitor spending in 2011. A part of the
Ohio Development Services Agency, the Office’s mission is to market and
celebrate Ohio’s unique travel opportunities and promote the State’s
outstanding quality of life. 


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