Free MLK Day Celebration

Monday, January 17, All Day Activities
Online Programs

Free & open to the public

Rooted in the Jewish value, respect for all humanity, the Maltz Museum is proud honor the legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an all-day celebration including free Museum admission, virtual family activities, and a special online program featuring Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.

Program Schedule

We are disappointed to share that the Maltz Museum will be closed today due to inclement weather. Online programs will occur as planned. There is still time to register!

11 AM – 12 PM
A Dream That Moves Us, an Interactive Family Event

For Pre-K—5th graders and their families
Online Program
Free to attend, registration required.

Join us as we honor and share the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was one of the most influential civil rights activists of our time. First Playhouse Square helps us travel back in time to hear about Dr. King as a young boy through an interactive reading of the book “Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?” written by Lisbeth Kaiser and illustrated by Stanley Chow. Then, get moving with inspiration from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, set to music and dance by Karamu House! Throughout the program we will explore what it means to follow our dreams and make an impact in our community and our world. A jam-packed hour, sure to inspire and entertain family members of all ages and backgrounds – don’t miss it! Registration required.

1 PM – 2 PM
Stop the Hate Essay Writing Workshop

For 6th—12th graders
Online Program
Free to attend, registration required.

Each year the Maltz Museum awards $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to Northeast Ohio student upstanders, as part of its annual Stop the Hate contest. During this one-hour workshop designed for 6th – 12th graders, Lake Erie Ink will provide insight on how to craft a personal essay that tells a powerful story. Learn tips and tricks for essay writing to give students an edge in the competition (and in future college applications)! Registration required.

Learn more about the Stop the Hate contest!

3 PM – 4:30 PM
The Black Museum Movement in America: A Discussion with Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Online Program
Free to attend, registration required.

Join Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, for a fascinating discussion on how artifacts are used to understand the history of race and racism in America.

Beginning with the first Black museums on the campuses of Howard and Wilberforce in the late 1800’s to the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, this special MLK Day presentation will examine the significance of Black museums in America and the power of artifacts to tell complex stories about race and racism.

Registrants are invited to bring questions for Dr. el-Hakim at 3pm via Zoom. Pre-registration is required to access online programs. Register up to 30 minutes before the start of the programs.

Thank you to the generous sponsorship of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Community Relations Committee for making this free day at the Maltz Museum possible.

Thank you to our community & programming partners:

Thank you to our media partners:


Jan 17 2022


All Day