34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program


Join Cleveland Public Library in honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This commemorative celebration will feature performances from Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City Arts Drum Line, Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, and vocalist group Harmony.

January 21, 2019 | 1:00 P.M. (doors open at noon)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
1962 Stokes Boulevard | 216-623-7018

Keynote Address Presented by Dr. Yvonne Pointer

""Dr. Yvonne Pointer is an activist, humanitarian, philanthropist, author, evangelist, and speaker. Her life’s work was motivated by the murder of her daughter, Gloria, in 1984. Dr. Pointer’s ability to continuously keep the story in the press eventually led to the discovery of Gloria’s killer, through DNA evidence, after a 29-year search. With a forgiving heart, Dr. Pointer visited the perpetrator in prison.

2019 Drum Major for Change Award Winners

Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Theologian, pastor, and civic leader with a rich history as one of the nation’s most influential religious leaders, notably served as co-pastor with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and as pastor at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Michael R. White

prominent Ohio politician who served as Mayor of Cleveland from 1990 to 2002, was born and raised in Glenville and today serves as Program Consultant for Neighborhood Renewal to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Foundation and Program Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program.