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MLK DAY EVENTS IN PITTSBURGH

JANUARY 15TH, 2018

  • Martin Luther King Day
    • Carnegie Museum of Art.

      • The museum is open hosting many activities throughout the day. Also they are showing the “I Have a Dream” Speech all day in the theatre.

  • ACBA 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program

    • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

      • This is considered to be one of the biggest celebrations in the Pittsburgh area. It is an annual breakfast that commemorated the life of MLK and his contributions that lead to where we are today. The event also includes “moving” speeches and stirring musicals performances. There is also an award that is giving to a person who keeps alive Dr. Kings convictions “to make justice, equality and opportunity a reality for all people.”

  • Poetry Unplugged: MLK Jr. Tribute

    • August Wilson Center

      • This annual event is a spoken-word, poetic tribute to the legacy and the teachings of MLK featuring some host from New York City.

  • Let Freedom Sing

    • Benedum Center

      • Choirs all around the city comes together and hold a concert to celebrate the life and works of MLK and also to blur the lines of urban and suburban lives in the vision of MLK’s version of brotherhood. It is on jan. 15, 2018 form 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Admission to the concert is $1.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration  

    • Mattress Factory, noon to 4pm

      • Typically closed on Mondays, the world-renowned contemporary museum is opening its doors to visitors of all ages.

  • East Liberty Celebrates MLK Day  

    • Kelly Strayhorn Theater, noon to 4pm

      • This 10th annual celebration with inspiring performances, conversations and creative activities designed to highlight MLK’s social justice work. It is a platform for young people so they can make a difference. There are going to be performances by 1Hood Media, Rickia Davenport, and Dreams of Hope, and participate in hands-on activities with New Voices Pittsburgh, Braddock Library, Assemble and more.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

    • Union Project, 2 to 7 p.m.

      • Blending creativity and social justice, the 16th annual celebration will help attendees build interpersonal skills, solve problems together and build stronger accepting communities.

  • “I Have a Dream”: Creative Reflections

    • Cohon University Center, Kirr Commons - 12:30 - 2:00 pm

      • Students from Pittsburgh's Linden K-5 school will unveil an art display about the life and social impact of Dr. King. Musical selections and short monologues will also be featured. All members of the campus, their families and the local  community are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow the presentations.Children's Programming - all children present will also receive a special token about the life & legacy of Dr. King.

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr Writing Awards 2018

    • Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom - 4:30pm

      • Join us in celebrating the 19th Annual MLK Writing Awards.  High school and university award recipients will read from their personal narratives addressing individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination. To learn more about the awards and this year's featured winners, please visit the Department of English website.The writing awards and celebration are sponsored by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and our community partner UPMC.The celebration will also feature musical and artistic performances by students from Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts

  • A Conversation with Damon Young: Race, Culture, and Politics in the Age of New Media

    • Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium Thursday 25, 4:30pm

      • Damon Young is co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a columnist for GQ.com and a founding editor of 1839. He is also senior editor of The Root.com. His work has been featured in numerous publications and platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Ebony, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African-Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports and entertainment. With his own brand of comic perspective, Damon engages audiences with raw and provovative commentary on the popular issues and, at times unpopular topics that make up today's news headlines.This conversation offers participants an opportunity to gain a broader view of the struggles those in today's marginalized communities face, as well as insights on social change that will expand your outlook on subjects from race relations to cultural divides

  • MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast King: A Focus on Faith & Moral Courage

    • Cohon University Center, Connan Room - Friday, February 2, 8:30 am breakfast and 9 am program

      • "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr. Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism and social justice. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the featured dialogue scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. RSVP FOR THE BREAKFAST.

  • MKL Keynote Lecture Featuring Dr. Carol Anderson Reframing Conversations About Race: The Unspoken Truth

    • Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium - Tuesday, February 13, 4:30pm

      • Dr. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. Anderson's most recent book;White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, received the National Book Critics Award in the criticism category and was described byThe New York Times Book Reviewas "an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism ... and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy." Sponsored by the President's Office, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CAUSE, and Dietrich College's and Humanities Scholars Program