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. “We come
together in his memory to reflect on the power of collective
action in fighting injustice.”
Musical selections during the prerecorded program will feature
the Tri-C Vocal Arts Youth Choir,
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin
Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, the Tri-C Orchestra, and the
Contemporary Youth Orchestra in residence at the College.
Speeches will be delivered by Kenzie Brown of Olmsted
Township and Steve Primeau of Parma, students from
Tri-C’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars Academy.
A dozen Tri-C students will be awarded scholarships from the Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Scholarship Fund. The
Cuyahoga Community College Foundation established the fund
in 1991 with support from the Cleveland Teachers Union and other
The College’s celebration of King typically takes place at
Playhouse Square. The event moved to a virtual format this year
given the COVID-19 outbreak and community efforts to minimize
spread of the virus.