Cleveland celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

12:10 AM, Jan 20, 2004   |    comments
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In observance of the holiday, many museums and attractions in University Circle and throughout Cleveland will offer free admission. Commemorate Dr. King's life by discovering University Circle's wonderful cultural institutions, museums, galleries, concert halls and gardens. The following institutions will offer free or discounted admission along with various special events throughout the day or weekend: African American Museum 1765 Crawford Rd., (216) 791-1700 11am-5pm The African American Museum opens its doors and invites the public to a number of special events. Admission is free. Case Western Reserve University Strosacker Auditorium on the university's campus, (216) 368-4440. On January 22, Case will celebrate Martin Luther Ling Jr. with a special program at noon. The theme is "Living the Dream: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Responses." Audience members will note their personal hopes for the community and the ways in which they are willing to help make those dreams a reality on anonymous forms provided with the event's program. Case theater students will present some of these thoughts during the celebration. Children's Museum of Cleveland 10730 Euclid Ave., (216) 791-7114 The Children's Museum of Cleveland celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in Cleveland with extended hours and reduced admissions. On January 17-19, the Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with half-price admission ($2.50 per person, ages 1 and over). While visiting the museum add your handprint to the wall-sized "Friendship Wreath" and partake in a variety of other fun activities. Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Blvd., (216) 721-1600 10 am-5 pm The Cleveland Botanical Garden will offer several free children's activities from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is free all day. The Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd. (216) 421-7340 or 1-800-CMA-0033 10am-4pm The Cleveland Museum of Art will feature a concert from the Greater Cleveland Choral Chapter (1 to 2 pm) and the Storytelling/Poetry of Langston Hughes and others (2 pm) as well as several gallery tours on African Art. Admission is free. The Cleveland Public Library MLK Branch 1962 Stokes Blvd. (216) 623-7018 1pm The Martin Luther King, Jr. branch of the Cleveland Public Library will feature an MLK Commemorative Program that includes Guest Speaker Dr. Julian M. Earls, Director of NASA, storytellers and music by the Cleveland Public Library Chorus. Admission is free. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History 1 Wade Oval Dr. (216) 231-4600 10am-4pm The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will feature a preview of its upcoming exhibit, Senenkunya: Many Voices, One Family on Monday, January 19. The exhibition, designed by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, is based on the extraordinary collection of west African artifacts donated to the Museum by Dr. Williard Flemmett Harper. Explore the diversity of Africa - its people, cultures, languages, habitats, landscapes and customs. Admission is free. The Cleveland Orchestra/Severance Hall 11001 Euclid Ave. (216) 231-7300 1pm-5pm Severance Hall will host a Martin Luther King Day Celebration beginning Sunday, January 18 with a Cleveland Orchestra MLK Celebration performance at 7 pm. On Monday, January 19, Severance will feature the Dance Afrika Dance performance: Baba King at 4 pm. Admission on Monday is free but tickets are required. Call 216-231-1111 to reserve tickets. HealthSpace Cleveland 8911 Euclid Ave., (216) 231-5010 HealthSpace Cleveland will celebrate Martin Luterh King Day with a host of activities throughout the day including The Puppeteer Nubians, colorful puppets giving shows about health and fitness as well as taking a journey down memory lane in recalling the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr., C. J. Everett, a talented and powerful orator will present a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he delivers one of Dr. King's powerful speeches, the Greater Cleveland Panhellenic Choir will perform songs of praise and thanksgiving, and Jakkia and Kwa Steve Boyd share an interactive and enthusiastic cultural experience that involves storytelling and African drumming. Admission is free. Karamu House 2355 East 89th St. (216) 795-7070 11am-5pm Karamu House will be open from 11am - 5pm. The day's activities include performances of Langston Listens to America - 14 poems dramatized by Karamu's performing art theatre group and the No Easy Road to Freedom, a re-enactment of the MLK March throughout the city with actors portraying Dr. King. Admission is free. Western Reserve Historical Society 10825 East Blvd., (216) 721-5722 x240 10am-5pm Western Reserve Historical Society remembers the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special programs offered throughout the day including, Pimpin' King: the Commercialization of King's image, holiday, and the "I Have A Dream" speech, 11 am to 1 pm, and a lecture presented by Nishani Frazier, Associate Curator, WRHS African American Archives. Audiences of all ages are invited to design and make their own flags or banners, using symbols of freedom from the Civil Rights and Protest Movements of the 20th Century. Also, a freedom march through the Historical Society and around the block will be held at 3 pm. Admission is free to all Cleveland residents. University Circle Incorporated will provide a free, special museum bus loop on Martin Luther King, Jr. day from 10am-6pm. The buses will stop at the following Circle attractions: Children's Museum of Cleveland Cleveland Botanical Garden The Cleveland Museum of Art The Cleveland Museum of Natural History The Cleveland Orchestra The Cleveland Public Library-MLK Branch HealthSpace Cleveland Karamu House Western Reserve Historical Society CircleLink, the regular, free University Circle shuttle, will run as usual. For information, call 216-791-3900. RTA will also join in the celebration by providing guests with a free 2-ride fare card for those who take a bus or rapid to participating attractions. Riders should request a transfer as proof of ridership and bring their transfer or bus pass to participating attractions to receive a free 1-ride fare card, while supplies last. Call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500 or visit their website at for further information about routes and schedules. RTA will be operating regular weekday service on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. For additional information, please contact the institutions directly. Established in 1957, UCI is the nonprofit organization that advocates for University Circle as a major force in the progress of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. UCI's programs and services are instrumental to the Circle's smooth functioning and continued progress. UCI's mission is to achieve the community's shared vision for University Circle to become one of the world's premier urban districts.


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