The Library partners with WOIO 19News to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The photograph depicts Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. outside Glenville High School, shaking hands with Sherida Foster of student council.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. outside Glenville High School, shaking hands with Sherida Foster of the student council.

Cleveland Public Library, in partnership with WOIO 19News, will recognize everyday Clevelanders who have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in our city during the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. There are three opportunities to watch:

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Saturday, January 15WUAB CW437:00 p.m.
Monday, January 17WOIO 19News WUAB CW439:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

“Neighbors helping neighbors. This year’s honorees are beacons of hope in our community,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “For the second year, the Library has collaborated with WOIO to create a program that embodies the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the spirit of Cleveland.”

photo: Dr. Edgar Jackson
Drum Major for Change Award Winner: Dr. Edgar Jackson

“WOIO is proud to partner with Cleveland Public Library on this important program in tribute of Dr. King’s legacy,” remarks Matt Moran, General Manager at WOIO and WUAB. “This program is an extension of our ongoing work to uncover truths, provoke conversation, and tell the stories that empower our community.”

photo: Augie Napoli
Keynote Speaker: Augie Napoli, United Way of Greater Cleveland President and CEO

This year’s theme for the MLK 2022 program is “Courage, Commitment, and Change.” “Change is difficult. It takes courage and commitment to make an impact in the community. Our honorees have removed barriers to create opportunities for their neighbors and bring unity to our great city,” said Dr. Sadie Winlock, Chief Equity, Education & Engagement Officer at Cleveland Public Library.

Viewers will be inspired by Cleveland Public Library Drum Major for Change Award winner Dr. Edgar Jackson and intrigued by a conversation with United Way of Greater Cleveland President and CEO Augie Napoli. Program highlights include an I Have a Dream from a children’s perspective, a special message from the Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustees, and a performance by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter.

“We hope this celebration inspires people to honor Dr. King in their everyday lives,” remarks Director Thomas.

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