7th Annual East Liberty Celebrates Mlk

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Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) celebrates the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while highlighting the value and strength of individuals and the community of East Liberty as we imagine our future. This year’s theme, "With Audacious Faith in Our Future—East Liberty Looking Forward", provides a framework for reflection, conversation and action surrounding the holiday.

As East Liberty faces change around every corner, Dr. King’s words remind us that “we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.” East Liberty Celebrates MLK reflects on and highlights positive impacts within our community throughout the day with activities and performances.

The family-friendly event begins at noon with activity tables by partner organizations and at 2p performances begin onstage featuring Soundwaves Steelband and local youth performance groups, such as TCDC- Trevor C. Dance Collective, Hope Academy, 1Hood Media, Alumni Theater Company, Soundwaves Steelband. Featuring a special performance by Anthony Williams and Tameka Cage Conley, and emcee D.S. Kinsel.

This year, East Liberty Celebrates MLK is also the umbrella for a weekend-long series of events throughout the East End, presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with Repair The World: Pittsburgh, Union Project, East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM), Assemble, 412 Food Rescue, North Way Christian Community, East End, Strong Women Strong Girls Pittsburgh, Dress for Success Pittsburgh, BOOM Concepts, Hear Me, Dreams of Hope.

Open to the community, admission is Pay What Makes You Happy and includes family-friendly activities and inspiring performances.


Friday, January 15
The series begins with Turn the Tables: Shabbat Dinner, hosted by Repair the World: Pittsburgh. Turn the Tables challenges communities to recognize the signs of inequality all around them and identify paths towards a future where race no longer determines access to justice.

Sunday, January 17
On Sunday, Repair the World hosts a Listening Party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., where community members can discuss and reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speeches in the context of some of today's most strained societal relationships.

Monday, January 18
Cook Breakfast with 412 Food Rescue and Assemble at Repair the World: Pittsburgh from 9-11 a.m.

At noon, join the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s seventh annual East Liberty Celebrates MLK event. Enjoy MLK-themed activities, plus performances by Soundwaves steelband other local groups. This family-friendly celebration continues until 4 p.m.

Wrapping up the weekend, Union Project hosts their 14th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Day Celebration with discussions, group arts activities and dinner. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 5 p.m.
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