The Freedom Center Celebrates MLK Day 2019 with a Breakfast, March, Free Admission and More

Spend the day remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

click to enlarge MLK March (2017) - Photo: Nick Swartsell
Photo: Nick Swartsell
MLK March (2017)

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of events, starting with the 2019 King Legacy Awards Breakfast at 8 a.m.; tickets are $40 per person and $20 for youth. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Holly Y. McGee, assistant professor of history at the University of Cincinnati.

After the awards program, the 44th-annual MLK march departs from the Freedom Center at 10:30 a.m. and heads for Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service before continuing to Music Hall for a commemorative celebration. The celebration — themed “400 Years of Enslavement: It Stops with Us” — features keynote speaker Reverend Derek Terry, plus the MLK Chorale and WordPlay Cincy Scribes.

Then at noon, the Freedom Center opens to the public with free admission to all permanent exhibits; The Rosa Parks Experience and Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu cost an additional fee.

In addition to exhibits, guests can take part the Hoxworth Blood Center’s annual MLK blood drive, engage with hands-on activities, takes pictures in the photobooth station and watch performances from youth docents.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (Jan. 21). Free museum admission; prices vary for breakfast and additional exhibits. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Center, Downtown, freedomcenter.org.