Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations in Elyria

2013 Lorain County King Holiday Events
January 19-23 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One Dream – One Purpose”

Saturday, January 19, 2013:

34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival, Elyria Public Library, 1194 West River Road, North (Miller Room), Elyria, 11:00 a.m.  This event is sponsored by FCII of Ohio highlighting the Business Support Network.  More events…


Celebrate the King at 6:00 p.m., sponsored by the Northern Ohio Baptist District Association Youth Department, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 632 West River Road, North, Elyria.  Open to the public all welcomed.  For more information contact Rochelle Corn at 440-365-5777.

Sunday, January 20, 2013:
Lorain NAACP Annual King Celebration at 4 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 300 13th Street, Lorain.  Keynote speaker Rev. Lovesier Lewis, Pastor.

Voices of a Movement” in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College, 90 N. Professor Street, Oberlin from 5– 6:00 p.m.
This program will feature live music and a panel comprised of local voices sharing their personal stories about the civil rights era in Oberlin.  Free and open to the public.

Monday, January 21, 2013—MAIN EVENTS:
Commemorative Walk from Ely Square to Elyria High School – 10:30 a.m.   27th Annual Elyria Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community-Wide Celebration entitled “One Dream – One Purpose” featuring The Birth of a New Nation the unabridged audio-recording by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering this inspiring sermon at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.,  11:00 a.m. – Elyria High School Performing Arts Center, 601 Middle Avenue, Elyria.  Live broadcast by WJTB Radio 1040AM.  Music performed by Zion Corn and Raymon King, III along with a dance performance by Move It! Dance Project.  MLK Community Education & Information Fair   12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EHS Performing Arts Center Lobby

King Holiday Soul Food Dinner, Marcel Hall, 117 Oberlin Road, Elyria.
$10.00 adults $8 (under 10) from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Marcel Holding Corp.

Lorain March and Community Forum begins at 12:00 noon at E. 31st and Clinton Avenue.  The forum will be at the South Branch public library at 2121 Homewood Avenue, Lorain at 1:00 p.m., “Call to Action: Stop the Violence” and “Accentuate the Positive, Work for Change” sponsored by the Lorain County Interfaith Ministries.  For more information contact Imam Paul Hasan at 440-258-3114.  Free and open to the public.

Oberlin Rededication to the Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 12:15 p.m., corner of S. Pleasant and Vine Streets, Oberlin.  Traditional memorial ceremony consisting of shared readings and song.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Lorain Public Library Main Branch, 351 W. Sixth Street, Lorain at 1 p.m.  All ages welcome to enjoy a dramatic presentation by the Teen Drama Club in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Pre-registration is required by calling 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ ext. 449.

Lorain Public Library South Branch King Celebration, 2121 Homewood Drive, Lorain at 6:00 p.m. A program full of music, dancing and more.   Preregistration is required by calling the South Lorain Brach at 440-277-5672.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013:
LCCC Office of Student Life King Celebration, 1005 N. Abbe Road, College Center, Elyria from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Marcettes L. Cunningham of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Elyria.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, January 23,  2013:
34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Workshop – Sponsored by FCII of Ohio, Kanisa House, 142 Cleveland Street, Elyria at 7:00 p.m. to summarize and make action steps for the year 2013 – for details call 440-366-3244.

For more information contact LATAUNYA V. CONLEY at (440) All events are open to the public – no admission charge(s) except where specified.


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