Things to do this MLK Day in Pittsburgh
Spend some time with your family learning more about civil rights.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Mattress Factory
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Offering fun for all ages, The Mattress Factory is holding a variety of special events to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors will be able to take part in the “I Have a Dream-scape” mixed media mural, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, as well as join the party on the dance floor with music from local DJs Wavy Bunch Sound.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Children’s Museum
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For kids and teens interested in radio production, the Children’s Museum has activities themed to the holiday. The “Saturday Light Brigade Radio Show” will be hosting its annual “King for a Day” program, where museum visitors can recite lines from the famous “I Have A Dream” speech. SLB Productions and Youth Express will also be hosting their “Streaming Justice” broadcast, a four-hour web show hosted by teens addressing civil rights accomplishments and challenges.
Woodland Hills High School Auditorium
The 13th Annual “Let Freedom Sing Concerts” will celebrate unity and diversity with high-energy music and dance. The show will feature performances from The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh and local choirs, as well as a special appearance from 1 HOOD MEDIA Hip Hop Artist Vic Muthama. The event is free, with donations accepted to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
Noon – 3 p.m.
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Honoring MLK for the hope and healing he brought to America, Kelly Strayhorn Theater will be hosting a variety of artists. Performers will include K Theater Dance Complex, The Funky Fly Project, Dreams of Hope and the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble.
8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh
Reflecting on King’s legacy on the healthcare field and economic equality, Highmark Health and Black Organization for Leadership & Development (BOLD) will be hosting a breakfast to discuss the civil rights icon’s impact on these important issues. The morning will also have musical performances and speeches from panelists. The keynote address will be delivered by award-winning director Kenny Leon, known for “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Union Project will be hosting Robyn Lynn Harris, who will be reading excerpts from King’s “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and discussing what has changed, as well as what hasn’t, in the world of civil rights. Offering discussions on civil rights and giving advice on how to express those opinions through art, the event is open to all to discuss ways to bridge gaps within the community.