Free, discounted activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday is Martin Luther King Junior Day. Many are getting paid time off as nearly half of all American employers recognize the national day of service.

Those getting time off are encouraged to celebrate the civil rights leader's life by volunteering in their community. A recent study by Harvard Medical School shows that people who volunteer are often more likely to be physically active and less likely to be stressed.

Several places across Northeast Ohio are offering free or discounted admission in observance of the holiday. Many places, including local museums, zoos and more, are also hosting special programming and activities to honor Dr. King, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History (including a special planetarium show for $1), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Akron Zoo. Celebrate the life of Dr. King at the Cleveland Public Library's 35th annual commemorative ceremony at John Jay High School. The ceremony will honor 150 Unsung Heroes of Cleveland who make a difference in their communities, while Robert P. Madison will receive the Drum Major for Change award. 

Karamu House is showing a free screening of "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise", which revisits the victories of the civil rights movement to present day, asking profound questions on the state of black America and our nation along the way. Registration is required. 

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