Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Day
A day filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voice and create a sense of community.
Experience the Rock Hall's many exhibits that showcase how artists have used popular music to communicate ideas and incite social change.
FOSTER THEATER: FOURTH FLOOR - Seating is limited. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis
The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.
LADIES FIRST: WOMEN IN HIP-HOP
Learn about the women who shaped hip-hop from its inception to now. Listen to the music of Roxanne Shanté, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt ‘n Pepa, and Missy Elliot and learn about these artists’ creativity and ingenuity.
CLEVELAND IS THE CITY
Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. Listen to artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to LeVert to Kid Cudi and venues such as Leo’s Casino that helped to create Cleveland’s culture.
ROCK & ROLL AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock & roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE KLIPSCH AUDIO MAINSTAGE:
Latin fusion and Afro-funk group Timbara, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland performing the music of Chess Records, blues music from Vernon Jones Blue Cartel, and Project EM3, featuring members of the Grammy award-winning Dazz Band.
In addition to the educational programming and live entertainment, visitors can participate in numerous family activities including making their own protest signs. Visitors can record oral histories of their experiences with Civil Rights and Cleveland music with recording engineer Ben Smith of Collinwood’s Splice Cream Truck in the Rock Hall’s Alan Freed radio studio on the 5th Floor.
Service in the spirit of Dr. King
The Rock Hall will also take donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes. All donations will be made to St. Agnes Our Lady of Fatima. Visitors can decorate gift bags with notes of love and encouragement.