The 45th annual celebration begins at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 16, and can be viewed online at tri-c.edu/mlk2022.
The virtual remembrance will feature an assortment of musical
performances as well as scholarship presentations and student speeches honoring
the civil rights leader.
The Tri-C celebration is the longest-running MLK event hosted in
Cleveland. The tradition began in 1977, six years before the
federal government designated a day to honor King.
“Cuyahoga Community College understood early on the importance of
honoring Dr. King’s dream of civil rights and racial harmony,”
Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “As we come together
this year to reflect on his call to collectively fight
injustice, it will be against the backdrop of renewed efforts to
protect and strengthen voting rights.”
The program will feature performances by the Tri-C Orchestra,
the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and the Tri-C Vocal Arts Choir,
JazzFest Academy and Dance Academy.
Three Tri-C students will present essays that reflect on a quote
from King’s 1965 remarks in Oberlin, Ohio: “The time is always
right to do what is right.”
The three essayists are Sydney Hughart, a Mandel Scholar
and journalism major who plans to become an investigative
journalist; Austin Keller, a Mandel Scholar who aspires
to teach social studies and enjoys volunteering with nonprofits;
and TinaRenea Conwell, a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
member and CMSD employee who plans to become a civil rights
12 Tri-C students will be honored for their scholarships from
the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Scholarship Fund,
established in 1987, and the Cleveland Teachers Union Endowed
Scholarship Fund, established in 1995.
Tri-C’s celebration of King typically takes place at Playhouse
Square. The event moved online in 2021 given community efforts
to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The celebration with CSU takes place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.
18, and can be viewed online at csuohio.us/31sTUlw.
It will feature presentations by students commemorating Dr.
King’s life and legacy. The program will also include remarks
from Tri-C President Alex Johnson and CSU President
Harlan Sands, as well as musical performances that include a
gospel medley featuring “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by local
recording artist Gerald Skillern.
Both events are free and available for public viewing.