Pittsburgh Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pittsburgh Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the Pittsburgh community in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through a variety of events.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An MLK Celebration Poetry Unplugged 

Hosted by The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, An MLK Celebration Poetry Unplugged is a night of spoken word and music featuring artists from around the country. The event will be a virtual night of truth and power inspired by the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featured poets include Nikki Giovanni, jessica Care moore, Paragraph and more. 

The virtual event will take place on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 pm. Online registration is required, and tickets are $10. 

Let Freedom Sing Virtual Concert

Celebrate MLK Weekend with a virtual concert live from Pittsburgh’s Hill District! Tune in to the 14th Annual Let Freedom Sing Concert celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The show will feature performances from solo vocalists Anita Levels and Michael Warren, spoken word artist Vanessa German, The Boys Choir of Pittsburgh’s Afro American Music Institute and more. Admission is free, and only donations are greatly appreciated.

Watch the live stream at letfreedomsing.net on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7 pm. Follow the group on Facebook @letfreedomsingmlk for the latest updates and events. 

Family Forum on Equality and Kindness 

Hosted by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and United Way, engage in meaningful discussions about social justice during the Family Forum on Equality and Kindness. The forum will feature two sessions: How to Talk to Your Children About Race with Barbara Johnson, VP, Center for Race and Gender Equity at YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, and Social Media as a Tool for Social Change with Candi Castleberry, VP of Diversity Partnership Strategy and Engagement at Twitter. 

Online registration is required. The forum will take place via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 18, at 9 am (Session 1) and 11 am (Session 2).

Living the Legacy Program

Join the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater for its annual MLK Day Celebration – this year a pre-recorded virtual event titled Living the Legacy, featuring Pittsburgh artists and activists following in the footsteps of Dr. King’s legacy. The program highlights the work of Black Young & Educated and also includes conversations from Lost Culture Dance Crew and Jameelah Platt, as well as performances from The Funky Fly Project, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble and more.

The stream is available via Crowdcast on Monday, Jan. 18, at 3 pm. Pay what makes you happy!

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The Clemente Museum: The Story of the Great One

Join Doors Open Pittsburgh on MLK Day for a unique, virtual tour of The Clemente Museum. During the live stream event, the Executive Director of Doors Open Pittsburgh will tell the humanitarian story of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Roberto Clemente.

Pre-registration is required, with a minimum $5 donation. The virtual event will take place on Monday, Jan. 18 from 7:30-8:15 pm. 

Virtual Book Drive for Diversity 

Support the United Way and University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development’s efforts to increase access to books promoting positive equity messaging for young readers by participating in the Book Drive for Diversity. This program aims to put books championing people of all abilities, gender, race, ethnicity and economic status into the hands of young readers in the Pittsburgh community. Register online and purchase books on behalf of the drive to support literary diversity.