Friday, January 17, 2020


Monday is a federal holiday that celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. If you have the day off, you can find numerous ways to observe the day CLE on the Cheap style.

The local celebration actually begins today with a free program at Case Western Reserve University. The 2020 MLK Convocation takes place from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School and a leading authority on racial justice in America, will speak on race education. One caveat: Advance registration is required, so check whether tickets are still available before you go.

On Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., the Baseball Heritage Museum will present “Crossing the Line: The Reintegration of Major League Baseball. The free program will highlight MLB pioneers (and Hall of Famers) Jackie Robinson and the Indians’ Larry Doby and how their progress inspired King and influenced the Civil Rights movement. You can register here.

The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. There will be activities for kids and information about King’s connection to baseball. Admission is free. Register here.

Also Monday, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood is offering free admission and a daylong celebration. The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. will deliver a sermon and be interviewed in the morning. Registration is recommended. In the afternoon, the Evelyn Wright Quartet will perform and there will be a documentary film screening of “Soundtrack for a Revolution: Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights era.” Visitors can tour the museum’s galleries and enjoy crafts and activities between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

University Circle is holding a daylong celebration on Monday as well. Among the highlights are free admission to all the museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art (which is always free but usually closed on Mondays), free ice skating and free performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus at Severance Hall.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is offering free admission plus live performances and film screenings in a day devoted to King’s legacy. Next door, the Great Lakes Science Center is waiving admission fees and putting on special programming.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is offering discounted admission in exchange for donations to the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Inc. A “Search for Greatness” scavenger hunt will highlight African Americans who were influential in the fields of marine science and scuba diving.


  1. Oh wow- I have Monday off for once. I bet the Rock Hall of Fame will be so crowded- but I’ve never been. The science center, University circle and the aquarium too? I have no excuse not
    To get out!!!!

    1. Yes, you'll have plenty of choices! Enjoy the day. I'll be working on Monday.


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