MLK Day in Pittsburgh/Events & Volunteer Opportunities

From poetry to art workshops and performances, lots of Pittsburgh organizations are offering virtual ways to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year

by Lindsay Patross
January 15, 2021

Here are some of the virtual events and volunteer opportunities happening around Pittsburgh to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior Day on Jan. 18, 2021.

VIRTUAL EVENT // Poetry Unplugged

Organized by August Wilson Center

Date & time: Friday, Jan. [email protected] 8 pm

Tickets: $10.00

More info: August Wilson Center Facebook event.

VIRTUAL EVENT // Street Art and Agitprops Workshop with artist DS Kinsel

Organized by: Repair the World Pittsburgh

Date & time: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 @ 11 am

More info: Register on the Repair the World website here.

VIRTUAL CONCERT // 14th Annual Let Freedom Sing

Organized by: Pittsburgh area choirs

Date & time: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 @ 7 pm

More info: The concert will be streamed online at letfreedomsing.net.

VIRTUAL EVENT // Binds and Bonds: Processing Trauma with Art with Dafna Rehavia, Artist, Counselor, and Art Psychotherapist

Organized by: Repair the World Pittsburgh

Date & time: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 @ 1 pm

More info: Register on the Repair the World website here.

VIRTUAL EVENT // Repair Families: Power of the Pen on MLK Day

Organized by: Repair the World Pittsburgh

Date & time: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 @ 9 am

More info: Register on the Repair the World website here.

VIRTUAL EVENT // How to Talk to Your Children About Race

Organized by: United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Date & time: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 @ 9 am

More info: United Way’s Facebook EVENT

VIRTUAL EVENT // Social Media as a Tool for Social Change 

Organized by: United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Date & time: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 @ 11 am

More info: United Way’s Facebook EVENT

VIRTUAL EVENT // KST’S MLK Day Celebration, Living the Legacy

Organized by: Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Date & time: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 @ 11 am

More info: Kelly Strayhorn Theater website

VIRTUAL EVENT // Virtual Bedtime Story: “Superheroes Are Everywhere” by Kamala Harris

Organized by: Literacy Pittsburgh

Date & time: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021

More info: Literacy Pittsburgh Facebook event

[If you are looking to pick up some books, check out our list of independent bookstores in Pittsburgh!]

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER // Hello Neighbor Day of Service

Hello Neighbor is looking for volunteers to write birthday cards and sew facemasks.

Organized by: Hello Neighbor

Date: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021

More info: Hello Neighbor’s Mobilize.us page

[Learn more about Hello Neighbor on Episode 31 of our podcast]

GIVE // Book Drive for Diversity

Organized by: United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Sign up online and you will be emailed a link to purchase selected titles.

More info: United Way’s Facebook event

More Local MLK Day resources

READ: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh a list of children’s books about Martin Luther King’s legacy.

VOLUNTEER: Looking for more volunteer opportunities? Check out the Pittsburgh Cares website.

PHOTOS: The Post-Gazette has an archive of photos of Martin Luther King Jr. visits to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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