Experience the power, legacy and impact of the Civil Rights Movement as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition partners with the Freedom Center and Music Hall to celebrate King’s life through a variety of events.
All are invited to honor King at the 39th annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast. With WLWT’s Courtis Fuller as emcee, the event honors heroes of all ages who carry on King’s legacy through leadership and service in the community. Afterward, all Cincinnatians are invited to march a mile in King’s shoes as they take part in the annual Commemorative Civil Rights March alongside Cincinnati activists, students and civic groups as they sing songs reminiscent of 1960s marches. Marchers will congregate at Fountain Square for a brief inter-faith prayer service with footage from the Civil Rights Movement.
After the service, the mile-long march continues to Music Hall, where the festivities conclude on a musical note. The World Choir Games award-winning Martin Luther King Chorale and local school choirs band together to put King’s message to music. The Freedom Center will also offer free admission to the museum from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in celebration of King.
King Legacy Awards Breakfast: 8 a.m.; $35; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, freedomcenter.org. Commemorative Civil Rights March: 10:30 a.m.; free; leaves from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Inter-faith prayer service: 11 a.m.; free; Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, mlkcoalition.org. Commemorative celebration: noon; free; Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, mlkcoalition.org.