Events abound for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20 to remember King’s impact and legacy. There are numerous scheduled events and service opportunities in the area. Here is a sampling of holiday activities:


• Let Freedom Sing! concert, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave. 7 p.m. Featuring a performances by the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir and visual and spoken word artist Vanessa German. Admission is free and open to the public.


• 30th annual Martin Luther King Celebration and Kelso Lecture, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 250 North 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. Admission is free. For details, call 412- 361-5549.

• Celebration at St. Paul Cathedral, 108 North Dithridge St. Commemorative Mass followed by a reception. The Rev. Harold T. Lewis, rector emeritus of Calvary Episcopal Church, will speak and music by The Pittsburgh Gospel Lights Choir. The event is free and open to the public. Call 412-681-8528.


•15th Annual Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division, Mount Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty, 271 Paulson Ave.

7:30 a.m., featuring breakfast buffet and program at 8:30 a.m. Pittsburgh nonprofit The 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 is $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 the Hill Dance Academy Theatre; 3 p.m., freedom circle and sing along.

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

• Carnegie Mellon 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 located in the University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave. Event 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., will include 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 at the free event, which requires tickets that can be reserved at 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. Event is free and open for all ages, with a children’s art project scheduled for 3 to 4:45 p.m.

• Evening at the InterCultural House, University of Pittsburgh, 272 Dithridge St. 7 p.m. Event features speeches by student InterCultural House members highlighting people who embody the Rev. King’s principles and ideals. Event is free and open to the public.

• Let Freedom Sing! concert, Norwin High School, 251 McMahon Drive North Huntingdon, Pa. 7 p.m. Featuring performances by the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, visual and spoken word artist Vanessa German, Jim Donovan and the St. Francis World Drumming Ensemble. Admission is free and open to the public.


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