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MLK Day means a weekend of activities in East Liberty

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Continuing our roundup of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events that didn’t make it into our print issue:

On Mon., Jan. 15, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents the 9th Annual East Liberty Celebrates MLK Day, anchoring a weekend of events at various venues all over that neighborhood and nearby.

A performer at a previous year's MLK Day at the Kelly-Strayhorn - PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY-STRAYHORN THEATER
  • Photo courtesy of Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
  • A performer at a previous year's MLK Day at the Kelly-Strayhorn
The flagship event is a noon-4 p.m. festival at the Kelly-Strayhorn and neighboring Northway Christian Community Church East End. The program of performances, conversations and hands-on activities is open to guests of all ages with an admission price of pay-what-makes-you-happy.

The theme is “We Are the FUTUREMAKERS, Our Community Is Our Future.” Activities include the #FUTUREMAKERS412 “hashtag wall,” co-presented with BOOM Concepts. The idea is “to share your 2018 commitment through text, picture, or video.”

The event also includes activity tables hosted by Assemble, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Reading is FUNdamental, New Voices Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Glass Center and more.

The performances begin at 2 p.m., and feature local artists including Dreams of Hope, Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A., Hope Academy, Alumni Theater Company and Nick Daniels - The DANA Movement Ensemble.

The Kelly-Strayhorn is located at 5941 Penn Ave. Northway Christian church is located at 5941½ Penn.

For more information, see here, or call 412-363-3000.

When the Kelly-Strayhorn party breaks up, you can head over to the Union Project for its 16th Annual MLK Day Celebration, with arts activities and a community meal. The event runs from 2-7 p.m. For more info, see here.

Other related events include a Sat., Jan. 13, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary program titled “Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” from 2-7 p.m. at the Seminary, at 616 N. Highland Ave.

And from 4-6 p.m. Sun., Jan. 14, Repair the World hosts a free MLK Listening Party, with King-themed media and performances. Learn more here.

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