Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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This year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Cincinnati commemoration focused on how music has communicated a non-violent message and how people can continue to lift their voices to make a difference. Hundreds braved the cold Monday to march from the Freedom Center to Fountain Square and then to Music Hall.

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Covington, Elsmere, Erlanger and Independence are planning on working together more often, and they're starting with a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event features video testimony from local residents, live music and networking.

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Songs that carried the Freedom Movement will be center stage Monday as a music historian examines how it scripted a "narrative of liberation." This Music Hall MLK program culminates a day that begins with a Freedom Center breakfast, a Fountain Square prayer service and a march.

King Stories

Jan 10, 2020

Monday, January 20 at 12 p.m.

King Stories is a one-hour documentary of captivating stories told by close friends and associates of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Host Julian Bond, along with insiders—Ralph Abernathy, David Garrow, Dick Gregory, Mark Lane and Larry Williams—share rarely documented stories about the personal and private sides of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


From LBJ's unexpected swearing in after the Kennedy assassination, through his effort to carry out his predecessor's plan for a national civil rights act, All the Way tells the story of a unique and tumultuous time in America's history. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes on Robert Schenkkan's drama starting January 24, and to learn more, our Rick Pender sits down with the company's artistic director, Brian Isaac Phillips.

Courtesy of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Betty Daniels Rosemond will be the keynote speaker at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 20, 2020. Rosemond was a freedom rider during the 1960s, risking her life to advocate and fight for equality.

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On a frigid Martin Luther King Day, Rev. Derek Terry heated up the crowd at Music Hall by criticizing U.S. colonization, saying America was never great and calling for blacks, gays, and transgender people to be treated equally.

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The MLK Coalition is remembering civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 44th annual commemorative march from the Freedom Center, an interfaith prayer service on Fountain Square, and a program at Music Hall Monday.

A new one-man production from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati presents the story of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Exploring 'Tigerland' With Author Wil Haygood

Aug 23, 2018

During the 1968-69 school year, an all-black high school in Columbus, Ohio, won both the state’s basketball and baseball championships.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the “Poor People’s Campaign.” But advocates for poor Ohioans say the problems that existed are still common. So, they’re relaunching the effort that was first kicked off a half a century ago.


Editor's note: This story first aired on WBUR on January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King Day. WVXU republishes it here in memory of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. King, who was killed by sniper fire while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. 

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On the evening of April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a single gunshot as he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. News of his murder sparked rioting in cities across the country and a national outpouring of grief. King was, and continues to be, the most recognized face of the civil rights movement.

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With snow crunching underfoot, two snare drums kept the beat as people sang "We Shall Overcome" and  marched nearly three-quarters of a mile to commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King, Junior. This was part of West Chester's 19th annual celebration of the slain civil rights leader.

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Chilly temperatures, icy patches and snowflakes didn't discourage hundreds of people from marching ten blocks through Downtown Cincinnati to proclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of unity Monday.

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"If Not Now, When?" the theme of Monday's Cincinnati MLK civil rights march, prayer service and commemorative celebration, focuses on Dr. King's message of justice and equality while looking at the challenges of today.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's celebration on Monday, January 15th, I've produced a one-hour tribute in his memory. Sweet Honey in the Rock, Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, along with Eddie Harris and Les McCann will be featured in the first set.

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With Music Hall under renovation the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day march took a different route: east on Fifth Street to the Taft Theatre.


This year's MLK Cincinnati theme is anything but the peacemaking message of years past. Titled "Unfair, Unequal, Unacceptable," organizer Christina Brown says speakers will not be focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.