Tri-C Hosts 40th Annual Dr. King Celebration on Jan. 15
January 09, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 email@example.com
Remembrance is longest-running MLK event in Cleveland
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host its 40th annual birthday observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square.
The Tri-C celebration is the longest-running MLK event hosted in Cleveland. The tradition began in 1977, six years before the federal government designated a day to honor the slain civil rights leader.
“Cuyahoga Community College understood early on the importance of honoring Dr. King’s dream of civil rights and racial harmony,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “His words and vision continue to resonate with us today.”
The remembrance will feature performances by pastor and gospel singing icon Marvin L. Winans and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as scholarship presentations and student speeches honoring Dr. King.
The event also will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland. The historic vote in 1967 overturned racial barriers and made Stokes the first African American to be elected mayor of a major American city.
A yearlong commemoration of Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, will take place this year to honor their civic contributions and build on their legacy.
An audience of more than 3,000 people is expected at Sunday’s program, which will fill the historic downtown theater. The event was moved to Playhouse Square from Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus to accommodate a larger audience.
Leon Bibb, a news anchor and award-winning journalist at WEWS Channel 5, will serve as emcee of the event. In 1978, Bibb interviewed James Earl Ray — the convicted assassin of Dr. King — in a Tennessee penitentiary.
All available tickets for the observance have been distributed. The State Theatre is located at 1519 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.