In Cincinnati event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday

Cincinnati (Cincinnati Enquirer) – With the rapid growth of COVID-19 in the vicinity of Cincinnati, many of the celebrations planned for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday have changed from private to virtual, our media partners at Cincinnati Enquirer say.

This year has a list of local events honouring the civil rights leader.

Saturday, Jan. 15

MLK Service Day: Neighborhood Cleanup, 11 a.m., Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Join Cleanup, the first neighbourhood of the year, with neighbours, the Westwood Civic Association, and Price Hill Safety Cat.

Monday, Jan. 17

Personal events
MLK Day Memorial March, 10:30 am National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 Freedom Way, Downtown. The march from Freedom Center to Washington Park ends with an interfaith prayer service. Mask required.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast and Community Forum, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Robert “Sony” Hill Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave., Middletown. Community breakfast, health screening, speakers and community perspectives. Sponsored by Middletown City.

Free admission, 11 am-5 pm, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. Save tickets online:

Cincinnati Parks MLK Day of Service, Register:

• 9 a.m.-noon, MLK Park, Avondale.
• 9am – Alum Park, Columbia Taskulum and Mount Lookout.
• 9am to noon, Fairview Park, CUF / Clifton.
• 10am – 1pm, Walnut Woods, Evanston.
• 1-4 pm California Woods, California.

North Kentucky Branch NAACP Dr Martin Luther King Community Outreach Lunch, noon, Newport Syndicate, 18th. Fifth St. David Childs, Professor of Education at the University of Northern Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker.

MLK Week of Going: Blood Drive, January 17-23. Donate blood to donor centres in the vicinity of the Hawksworth Blood Center. All donors will receive a free “it takes all sorts” umbrella. 513-558-1200;

Martin Luther King Jr. Skate, 1-5 pm, Beechmont Rollarena, 3988 Commercial Blvd., Union Township. $ 7 admission, $ 2- $ 4 skate rent. 513-753-6868;

MLK Day Holiday Skate, 3-5 p.m., Goggin Ice Center, 610 Oak St., Oxford.

Virtual event
MLK Day Memorial Ceremony, noon. Livestreaming via

Be the MLK celebration of dreams in Lebanon, 7 p.m. Via YouTube and Facebook. The keynote address at the event included Dr Celeste Didlik-Davis, Musical Performance, Drum Major Award, Student Art Presentation and much more.

Live the dream: Declaration of our unity, noon. Virtual program streaming on the Live The Dream Facebook page and the Westchester Township YouTube channel. The keynote speaker was the Rev. Kendall Wright and the Reverend. Speaking of Martin Luther King Jr., youth performances and musical features. The private walk has been cancelled.

King Legacy Celebration, 9 a.m., via the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Speakers include Lance Wheeler, Mona Jenkins, Celia Williamson and Linda Early Chastang. Performances by Central State University Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nouveau Chamber players. $ 15.

MLK Week at Mount St. Joseph College, 11 a.m. through Zoom. The keynote speaker was Dr Wilson Okelo. Check out the full week’s activities at, which includes a social justice forum, leadership luncheon, and day service.

Martin’s Dream, streaming online January 17-February 28 through the Children’s Theater in Cincinnati. Constructing through the power of stories, speeches and songs brings this historical personality to life. Two versions are available: one suitable for younger viewers, and the other for 8-year-olds.