When and Where Pittsburghers Can Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Local events will promote unity and celebrate the civil rights leader’s legacy.
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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington Carver

10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14
Park Place AME Ministries, 215 E. 10th Ave., Homestead

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Joe William Trotter will speak about the lives of King and Carver. Tickets for the talk and brunch can be reserved by donation here

Let Freedom Sing 2023

7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14
Rodman Street Baptist Church, 6111 Rodman St., East Liberty

The 16th anniversary celebration of King, Let Freedom Sing, will feature Pittsburgh luminary and gospel vocalist Nikki Porter, KDKA reporter Mikey Hood as emcee, the Rodman Street Baptist Church Choir and MLK Festival Singers. Read event updates via Facebook. The concert will also be live-streamed here. Freewill offerings will be accepted to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Unity Weekend Worship

Rodef Shalom in Levy Hall, 4905 Fifth Ave., Shadyside
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave., Hill District

In celebration of King’s birthday, Tree of Life Congregation and Ebenezer Baptist Church will worship together. Join Tree of Life’s Shabbat morning service at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Ebenezer Baptist at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 for the special services. 

MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast And Program

7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave., Hill District

The ACBA Homer S. Brown Division event will feature a buffet-style breakfast, followed by a prayer service and recognition program with the Drum Major for Justice Award presentation. No pre-registration required; the event is open to the public. Donations of diapers, wipes, and/or formula for Ebenezer Baptist Church’s community pantry are encouraged.

Free Community Day

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16
The Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship

A free day of activities and demonstrations in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Contribute to a community mural and watch glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations. Bring a book to donate to the Free Community Little Library.

The Audacity To Believe

Noon to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty

The KST uplifts the life, legacy and activism of King with family-friendly activities with Assemble, Bloomfield-Garfield Corp., The Alloy School, Latino Community Center and The Union Project that celebrate the civil rights legacy of King and Pittsburgh activists. Performances by Pittsburgh artists Hill Dance Academy Theatre, Alumni Theater Company, K-Theatre Dance Complex and Jacquea Mae.

MLK Social Justice Week 2023

University of Pittsburgh, Oakland
Jan. 16-20, various times, locations

In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion celebrates King with events throughout the week, including the Annual Social Justice Symposium, Day of Racial Healing Panel Discussion and the Social Justice Week Open Mic Event.

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