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March, Virtual Program Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Today | cultural | Cincinnati

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A scene from Cincinnati’s MLK Day March in 2017

COVID may be changing the way people come together, but it won’t make Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. events any less profound.

The MLK Coalition is participating in its annual program online due to the recent surge of COVID-19 in the region.

The Coalition’s 47th annual MLK Day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 17 with a memorial march that begins at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 E. Freedom Way. The march will travel to Washington Park, where an interfaith prayer service will be held.

Two subway buses honoring activist pioneer Rosa Parks will join the march. Buses will provide transportation for those who cannot walk all the way.

To help slow the spread of COVID, the MLK Coalition strongly suggests wearing masks and spacing out household pods while walking. Masks are compulsory on metro buses and at the interfaith service.

After that, a special program will celebrate King’s legacy and will be broadcast live only – no in-person attendance is permitted. At noon, Cincinnati entrepreneur and activist Iris Roley will be the keynote speaker, and members of the MLK choir and students from the University of Cincinnati will perform.

The program will be broadcast live at noon and will be available online the following day and throughout January.

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