18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration

Guests at MLK DayMonday, January 20, 2020 from 3:15 - 6:30 pm

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, social justice writer/poet Robin Lynn Harris who tells stories that “…are intricately woven into the tapestry of history, culture, identity, spirituality, joy, grief and the ability to persevere in spite of what trials may come.” She will be reading excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and reflect through her own work what has changed and what hasn’t as a result of the Civil Rights Movement.

Our aim for the event is that these words will inspire everyone in attendance to reflect on the meaning of the day and to express themselves through creative and artistic outlets. We will also offer opportunities for guests to share with one another in discussion, as well as arm themselves with new resources for the fight to end racism.

Since 2001, Union Project has been using the arts to bridge gaps between communities. Join us and continue the work Dr. King started decades ago - creating communities that come together to celebrate diversity and acceptance. (Photo by Kate Hagerty)

3:15 pm Doors Open
3:15 - 4:45 pm Clay Activity
Children and adults alike can visit the studio to work in clay.
Location: Studio
3:35 - 4:20 pm Keynote from Robin Lynn Harris
Location: Great Hall
4:20 - 4:50 pm Community Sing with Valley View Presbyterian Choir
Location: Great Hall
4:50 - 5:00 pm Welcoming remarks from Jeffrey Dorsey
Interfaith Blessing

Location: Great Hall
5:00 - 6:30 pm Shared Commuity Meal catered by Veggies N'at

Come listen, share, and create with an open mind and a peace-filled heart.

Union Project is committed to being accessible to all. There will be ASL interpreters on site. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door. Service animals are always welcome. There will be a quiet space in the Board Room. Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at 412-363-4550 or michelle@unionproject.org if you have specific accommodations or needs.

The 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is supported by our sponsors at The Heinz Endowments, Bridgeway Capital, Jendoco Construction Corporation, and Simpon-McCrady Insurance. Union Project is supported in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Thank you!