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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 Breakfast, March and Music Hall Event
Conducted each year on the MLK, Jr. holiday

Each year the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition coordinates a series of events on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Dedicated to keeping Dr. King’s legacy vibrant in Cincinnati, annual events focus on themes Dr. King spoke about often, and resonate with the inspiration of today. The events are filled with opportunities for participation, commemoration and celebration.

8:00 a.m. King Legacy Awards Breakfast at the Freedom Center (To purchase tickets, call 513.333.7706)

10:30 a.m. Commemorative Civil Rights March begins at the Freedom Center
11:00 a.m. Fountain Square, Interfaith Prayer Service followed by march to Music Hall
12:00 p.m. Music Hall, MLK Commemorative Celebration

For more information, call 513.230.5235   

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." 
                                                                                            ~Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Signed into law on May 2, 1975, Senate Bill 18 declared the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the state of Ohio. The first proposal for a statewide holiday honoring Dr. King came from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, and numerous area legislators were instrumental in the bill’s passage. Among them were the late State Senator William F. Bowen, State Representatives James W. Rankin, William L. Mallory and James T. Lunken, and Warren Pate, then of the Ohio AFL-CIO. The YWCA was instrumental in getting the State bill passed and the staff and officers of the YWCA organized the first annual community observance of the holiday in 1976. The annual commemorative program is now planned by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition and the YWCA remains involved in these and other Coalition efforts.


This nonprofit organization, founded in 1978, works to strengthen the diverse human community through the promotion and practice of non-violence and understanding. 


The volunteer members of the Coalition strive to fulfill that mission by keeping Dr. King’s memory and ideals alive through the annual program and related activities.

Trust Fund

Donations collected at Coalition programs benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Trust Fund at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Income from the trust is used to purchase library materials about Dr. King and his accomplishments so all members of the community can learn of Dr. King’s lasting contributions to our society.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
                                                                                                  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.



Not Just One Day of Service

When competition and service meet, everybody wins.

In the aftermath of the largest economic downturn in the recent history of the United States, throughout our communities, Americans are doing their fair share to help rebuild and replenish our Nation. Unfortunately, with nearly a ten percent unemployment rate, our not-for-profit organizations are overwhelmed and many Americans are underserved.

The not-for-profit arms of our society, designed for “service to the public,” find themselves operating with smaller budgets, fewer employees and increased demands for service.

In response to President Obama's "call to service," the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Greater Cincinnati has initiated the first annual  “Not Just One Day of Service” competition. While there are many service projects underway, we ask you to join the “Not Just One Day of Service” project. Once your organization or school registers, any not-for-profit volunteers' service hours can be counted. Wherever your service hours are performed, they are eligible for participation in this service challenge. As a founding member of the coalition, the YWCA joins the Coalition in inviting the community to participate by volunteering time and energy to any participating not-for-profit organization through their employers or school system.

The mission of the Coalition is to engage local organizations and families by increasing awareness of the President's “call to service.” Martin Luther King, Jr. committed his life to the betterment of humanity, and understood “service” as the nexus between people and their communities. It is through service to others that we can strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition of Greater Cincinnati hopes to establish “Not Just One Day of Service” as the precedent for all other endeavors across the world.

Let us make the Greater Cincinnati Area the number one volunteer service provider in the country…and the world!

The winners will be recognized at Music Hall during The Martin Luther King Day Celebration. We invite you to actively participate in this Service Challenge and help us honor and celebrate Martin Luther King’s Dream.

To register or learn more about this important initiative, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition website.

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