Freedom Center announces Kroger as presenting sponsor of the 2023 King Legacy Celebration

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Freedom Center announces Kroger as presenting sponsor of the 2023 King Legacy Celebration

January 16 event reflects on the legacy of Dr. King with live moderated discussion and arts performances; tickets available now

CINCINNATI, OH (January 9, 2023) — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced today the Kroger Company as the presenting sponsor of the 2023 King Legacy Celebration. The annual celebration of the life and leadership of the civil rights icon will feature a moderated discussion with activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, performances by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Nouveau program, Revolution Dance Theatre and Destiny L, and reflections from the Freedom Center’s teen docents on Dr. King’s six Principles. The 2023 King Legacy Celebration, presented by the Kroger Company, is Monday, January 16, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

“At Kroger, we strive to foster a culture that promotes inclusion and belonging within our walls and in the community we serve,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s senior vice president and chief people officer. “We are proud to join the Freedom Center to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and build upon our shared work to advance racial equity across America.”

Kroger has been a partner of the Freedom Center for several years and supports its initiatives to bring awareness and inspire activism around health disparities and equitable access to healthy food for underserved communities of color.

“Kroger has been a national leader in inclusion and equity efforts and we’re humbled by their longstanding support of our King Legacy Celebration,” said Woodrow Keown, Jr., president and COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Kroger’s commitment is instrumental in the community's commemoration of Dr. King’s legacy, and inspiring a collective call to action to pursue solutions to systemic inequities in our community and across the country.”

Brittany Packnett Cunningham, social justice activist, educator and writer, will headline the program. Cunningham will focus on this year’s theme – love and justice – to examine the intersection of culture and social justice and how everyday people can take transformative action for justice and equity.

Attendees can also enjoy an opportunity to network from 8 to 8:30 a.m. over a continental breakfast before the program. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $40 for Freedom Center Members. A livestream option is also available at $25 per person or $20 for Members for those who cannot attend in person.

Tickets are available at


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, 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,

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