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John Carroll University’s Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free visit to the special exhibition “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish History next week. Using artificial intelligence technology, the museum partnered with StoryFile to capture the life story of Cleveland icon and civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr. as an Interactive Conversational Biography.


CSDI will provide free transportation to and from the Beachwood museum on Friday, January 20th as well as tickets to the event. Buses will depart from Belvoir Bay at 3 pm and return by 5 pm. No registration is required. 


Monday, January 16th is this year’s federal holiday honoring the great civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday is officially recognized as “The Martin Luther King Jr., National Day of Service,” the only national holiday designated as a National Day of Service. In addition to recognizing the legacy of Dr. King, the holiday encourages Americans to improve their communities through service initiatives. 


Naomi Sigg, JCU’s VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging, says the exhibit at a Jewish Heritage museum is integral to Dr. King’s message of community, interfaith dialogue, and solidarity. 


“JCU is committed to exposing our students, faculty, and staff to many cultures, faiths, and worldviews through opportunities to explore community institutions like the Maltz Museum,” she said. “Dr. King shared with us the importance of standing in solidarity with each other and building diverse communities and coalitions. This exhibit epitomizes the legacy of Dr. King’s dream.”



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963

                                Free, Local Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Northeast Ohio


The Cleveland Museum of Art is holding a daylong celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Explore the theme “It Starts with Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems” through art-making, and reflective writing prompts. Gallery art stories for families are Monday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will once again celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16., the official holiday. The celebration includes free admission to the museum, live music performances, King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” screening, virtual MLK Day programming from past years, and more. Time tickets are required. 


The Akron Art Museum (Usually closed on Monday) will be open to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with free public hours on MLK Day. Related photographs from the collection will be available for viewing in the lobby.


                                                                       Local Service Events

Shaker Heights Middle School drive-through donation. Monday, January 16th 12-2pm 20600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122. Click here for details. 

Americorps MLK Day of Service. On Monday, January 16, and the days surrounding, AmeriCorps invites you to engage with your community, act on Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and equity, and recommit by volunteering to serve others. Click here for details.