Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Join us for a day of celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ohio History Center 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA Open in Google Map
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
General Admission - Free

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Mon., Jan. 17, 2022 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
In partnership with the King Arts Complex

Join us for a day of celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and take part in activities and programs that focus on serving and engaging with the community!

As of September 1, we require everyone to wear masks at our indoor locations, in the Ohio History Center, to help limit the spread of the more infectious variants of COVID-19.

Check out the list of programs for the day below:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House presented by the King Arts Complex
Noon–2 p.m.

Join us as we explore the impact of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. This annual community event is an excellent opportunity for children, families, and friends to enjoy dance, music, spoken word theatre performances. MLK Open House is also a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the civil rights movement, participate in art activities, view the art exhibition, and meet new friends.

Follow this link to see more information from the King Arts Complex!

Seeds of Caring
Noon – 4 p.m.

Seeds of Caring, with the generous support of White Castle and other sponsors, will have 5 different service stations set up where kids can contribute to their community in meaningful ways in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities will include making posters with Pint Size Protesters, assembling personal care kits for neighbors in need, decorating and packing snack bags for unhoused neighbors, designing bookmarks promoting diversity in literature with Harper’s Corner, and creating take-home art inspired by MLK’s legacy. Together, we can make Monday, January 17 a day on, and not a day off!

Special Film Screening: The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

Presented by:

Letter Writing with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum partners with Operation Gratitude to provide letters written by K-12 children to service members both at home and overseas. Each letter serves as a comfort and reminder of those waiting for them back home and connects service members to the communities they are serving. In each letter, students can write a message thanking the service member for their service and draw them a picture.

For the remainder of January, the Ohio History Connection will be hosting a donation drive for the Star House, which is an organization that provides shelter and other needs to homeless youth and teens. We will have a donation box set up in the main lobby entrance. If you are interested in donating to the Star House, these are the big needs for the winter:

  • Hand warmers
  • Men’s underwear
  • Sweatpants (any gender/size)
  • Razors
  • Deodorant

A full list of items that are needed year-round can be found on their website here:

Our donation boxes will be up on Thursday, the 13th, and will remain up until the end of January. Please consider a donation to the Star House in honor of the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We appreciate your support!

Special thanks to our partners:

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