Cincinnati Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 06:02:44-05

CINCINNATI -- Monday, Jan. 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, and there will be a number of events going on around Cincinnati for celebration and education.

Here's a look at some of what's going on:

Downtown March

A group will assemble outside the Freedom Center at 10 a.m. and beginning at 10:30 a.m. will march to the Downtown library. There will be a public forum and teach-in following the march.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The Freedom Center’s annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast is already sold out, but the museum is offering free admission to permanent exhibitions and family programing. Admission to special exhibitions will cost $5. The Freedom Center is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday.

Blood Drive

The Hoxworth Blood Center also holds an annual MLK Day Blood Drive at the Freedom Center. Appointments are available starting at 11 a.m. and can be made by calling 513-451-0910 or online here.

Power Pack-a-Thon

The Freestore Foodbank holds an annual “Power Pack-a-Thon” every Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Starting at noon, volunteers can lend a hand at the Mayerson Distribution Center in Bond Hill to prepare  “Power Packs” that include nutritious food for grade school students to eat over weekends. Click here for more information.

Cincinnati Museum Center


The Cincinnati Museum Center will also hold numerous special events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including music, art, poetry and more. Click here to see the full schedule.

Library Events


The Main Library will old a children’s celebration with storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku with stories, songs and folk tradition at 2 p.m. Many branches will also be holding special events, including storytimes and parties for children, craft making, a screening of “Selma, Lord, Selma” and more. Click here for the full listing.