Sampling of events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday to commemorate King's impact and legacy. Numerous events and service opportunities are scheduled in the area.

Here is a sampling of holiday activities:

Monday

* 15th Annual Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Allegheny County Bar Association's Homer S. Brown Division, Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Larimer, 271 Paulson Ave. Breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m.; program at 8:30 a.m. Pittsburgh nonprofit Hill House Association will receive the Drum Major for Justice Award. Event is open to the public.

* Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square, has a variety of activities. Museum admission: $12 for kids, $13 for adults.

Activities include:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., SLB Radio presents "Streaming Justice" -- live webcast exploring civil rights issues;

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., "King for a Day" read-aloud of King's speeches;

noon to 3 p.m., "Many Hands" studio art project; 2 p.m., performance by Hill Dance Academy Theatre;

3 p.m., freedom circle and singalong.

* Blood drive, St. Benedict the Moor Church, 91 Crawford St., Hill District, 1 to 6 p.m. Call 412-681-8528.

* Carnegie Mellon University Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Events to commemorate the holiday include keynote address by Jendayi Frazer, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. All events are in the University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave.

Highlights include:

12:30 to 2 p.m., 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards Celebration and school of drama choral tribute.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Arts Greenhouse hip-hop performance and workshop.

4:30 p.m., keynote address and reception.

8 p.m., "MLK Late Night," featuring spoken-word artists from CMU and the Pittsburgh community.

* 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Park at the Schenley Park Ice Rink, 1 Overlook Drive, 1 to 4 p.m. Free ice skating, snowshoeing, educational activities and art projects.

* Day of Remembrance at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe:

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free fused-glass workshop and art exhibit, Carey Student Center;

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., evening program and dinner, Fred M. Rogers Center, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, featuring a commemorative reflection by Kiron Skinner at 5 p.m., with dinner and student presentations to follow. Event is free but tickets required. To reserve tickets: 724-805-2564.

* Share Your Voice: Union Project's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, 801 N. Negley Ave., 3 to 6 p.m. Community dialogue event includes a shared meal and opportunities for open discussion in a safe environment. Free and open to all ages, with a children's art project scheduled from 3 to 4:45 p.m.

* Evening at the InterCultural House, University of Pittsburgh, 272 Dithridge St., 7 p.m. Features speeches by student InterCultural House members highlighting those who embody King's principles and ideals. Free and open to the public.

* Let Freedom Sing! concert, Norwin High School, 251 McMahon Drive, North Huntingdon, 7 p.m. Features performances by the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, visual and spoken word artist Vanessa German, Jim Donovan, and the Saint Francis University World Drumming Ensemble. Free and open to the public.

Previous events

Saturday

* Let Freedom Sing! concert, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave., 7 p.m. Features performances by Pittsburgh Gospel Choir and visual and spoken word artist Vanessa German. Free and open to the public.

Sunday

* 30th annual Martin Luther King Celebration and Kelso Lecture, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty, 3:30 p.m. Hosted by East End Cooperative Ministry and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The interfaith service features civil rights and faith leader Iva Carruthers, who will give the keynote speech. Free. Details: 412-361-5549.

* Celebration at St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St. Commemorative Mass at noon followed by a reception. The Rev. Harold T. Lewis, rector emeritus of Calvary Episcopal Church, will speak, Pittsburgh Gospel Lights Choir will sing. Free and open to the public. Information: 412-681-8528.



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