Annual Tradition of Commemorating the Legacy of MLK Continues at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Annual Tradition of Commemorating the Legacy of MLK Continues at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Glavic
(513) 333-7511
(513) 802-7355
jglavic@nurfc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CINCINNATI, OH (January 12, 2017) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, beginning with the sold out 2017 King Legacy Breakfast, and continuing with free admission to the museum from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 2017 King Legacy Breakfast, at 8:00 a.m. in the Grand Hall, will be followed by programming and performances in the Harriet Tubman Theater at 9:00 a.m. This year the King Legacy Breakfast will honor the King Legacy Youth Program participants with scholarships. The King Legacy Youth Program, sponsored by the King Legacy Breakfast Committee, provides further leadership opportunities for graduates of the Youth Docent Program and scholarship funds upon completion of the program. The keynote speaker is Reverend Damon Lynch, III. The 2017 King Legacy Breakfast is in partnership with the MLK Coalition.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public at 11:00 a.m. with free admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and family programming. A $5.00 charge is required for The Rosa Parks Experience. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Hoxworth Blood Center’s Annual MLK Day Blood Drive will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the third floor of the museum. To schedule an appointment, please call (513) 451-0910 or visit hoxworth.org/groups/mlk.

Activities and programs are scheduled throughout the day and include:

  • Admission to permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Family-friendly, hands on activities
  • Social media station
  • Historical interpretations
  • End Slavery Now presentations
  • Discounted membership booth

“Honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is very important to us at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center,” says Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, president. “As we look at our nation and reflect on how far we have come, and clearly how far we have yet to go, King’s dream hasn’t been completely realized. We invite the community to come to this special place to celebrate a man’s legacy, inspire hope, and honor our common humanity. All are welcome.”

To learn more about Martin Luther King Day programming and activities at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

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About National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org

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