The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20: 10 a.m. - Monday, January 20: 5:30 p.m.

Third Monday in January annually

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host the 13th annual FREE admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The museum will offer a day filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voice and create a sense of community. Visitors are invited to experience the Rock Hall's many exhibits that showcase how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and other artists have used popular music to communicate ideas to a wide audience and bring about social change. The day of events is sponsored by KeyBank.

Main Stage acts include:

  • The Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, an acclaimed co-ed choir from Antioch Baptist Church who focus on spirituals, folk and gospel music.
  • The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a powerful performance arts and spoken word group comprised of adolescent males (age 12-19) from various inner city Cleveland communities.
  • Inspire *1* One, a band comprised of students from Cleveland School of the Arts.
  • Macey Sampson, an award-winning thirteen year old singer from Akron, Ohio who has performed the national anthem for the Canton Charge and the championship of the MAC basketball tournament.
  • Radio Disney Cleveland will be on-site with interactive entertainment, prizes and the hottest music from today's biggest young artists for the whole family. Radio Disney is the #1 radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families on a 24-hour basis, and is widely recognized as the first platform for many of today's most popular young artists.

Foster Theater:

The Rock Hall's award-winning education staff will teach two free classes. Seating is limited. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis. 

  • “Rock and Roll and the Civil Rights Movement” explores how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society. Young people of all races flocked to their performances and embraced their music, which helped to break down the walls and barriers that the Civil Rights movement was fighting against.
  • “Cleveland is the City,” explores the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores the artists and venues that helped to create the city’s culture. The class is designed to connect young people to the music of their home communities as a way to showcase how music helps create and sustain communities.

Forest City/RMS Theater on the Lower Level in the Main Exhibit Hall:

The Library and Archives will showcase video footage and other materials from its collections featuring artists who have used music as a platform for social change.  A variety of past Museum events (including performances, interviews, education programs, and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies) will be featured. 

Complete Schedule of Events (please note times are subject to change):

  • NEW TIME 10:15pm:  PERFORMANCE:  Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir (Main Stage)                   
  • 10:30am:  PROGRAM:  Cleveland Is the City:  A Family Educational Session  (Foster Theater)
  • 11:30am:  PROGRAM:  Radio Disney “D-Tour” Show (Main Stage)
  • 11:30am:  FILM: Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech (20 min)  (Foster Theater)
  • 12:15pm:  PROGRAM:  Rock and Roll and Civil Rights  (Foster Theater)
  • 12:45pm:  PERFORMANCE:  Macey Sampson (Main Stage)
  • 1:45pm:  PERFORMANCE:  Inspire*1*One (Main Stage)
  • 2:00pm:  PROGRAM:  Cleveland Is the City:  A Family Educational Session   (Foster Theater)
  • 2:45pm:  PERFORMANCE:  The Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word (Main Stage)
  • 3:00pm:  FILM: The Night James Brown Saved Boston  (1 hr 15 mins) (Foster Theater)