National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

. January 12, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will begin celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 13 through Monday, January 15, 2018 with a series of activities and programs at the museum including Gallery Talk: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream and the 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast.

Gallery Talk: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream will feature a discussion with Pastor K.Z. Smith of Corinthian Baptist Church on Saturday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. The Gallery Talk Series provides visitors with the opportunity to engage with museum staff and community leaders to discuss social injustice, freedom and equality. The series is included in general admission and open to the public.

The 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast will be Monday, January 15, with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. The breakfast honors the participants of the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program. The King Legacy Youth Program provides leadership opportunities for graduates of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Youth Docent Program and scholarship funds upon completion of the program. The keynote speaker is The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director of Education and Outreach, Deondra Kamau Means.

“We are excited to welcome visitors from all over this upcoming week as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his great contributions to our nation,” says Christopher Miller, Manager of Programs Initiative at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “By continuing to honor his legacy our courage grows stronger in our fight for social justice, justice and freedom not only for African Americans, but for everyone.”

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free general admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming for the day. Special programming and initiatives will include the Hoxworth Cincinnati Blood Drive; Bead for Life bracelet sale in conjunction with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Modern Day Slavery initiatives; membership opportunities for the chance to win prizes, and community concerts throughout the day beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Gallery Talk: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream is Saturday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. and the 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast is Monday, January 15, at 7:30 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Guests will be offered free general admission to the museum. A $5.00 admission charge is required for The Rosa Parks Experience or The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org

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