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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast Celebration was created in October 1999. This annual event is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship Committee of Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of the MLK Committee is “Celebrating the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” ™

One of our major initiatives is the “
Happy Birthday Dr. King!”© Birthday Card Contest.
Students in grades 1 - 12 are invited to create birthday cards using this title. Each of the 12 winners, known as “MLK Holiday Scholars”, receives a scholarship, a trophy, a book and three Breakfast tickets. During the MLK Holiday Breakfast Celebration, the MLK Scholars are presented to the Community. Their trophies are presented by Corporate Donors and Media Partners whose support is a vital part of the Breakfast.

Past MLK Holiday Scholars have used their scholarships for after-school and summer enrichment programs, and education at the following colleges and universities:

  • Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Cleveland State University – Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Columbia University – New York, New York;
  • Cuyahoga Community College – Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, Michigan;
  • Gannon University – Erie, Pennsylvania;
  • Miami University – Oxford, Ohio;
  • Morehouse College – Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Spelman College – Atlanta, Georgia;
  • University of Akron – Akron, Ohio;
  • Ursuline College – Pepper Pike, Ohio.

We invite you to join the more than 12,000 students who have participated in “Happy Birthday Dr. King!”© Birthday Card Contest.

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Grades 1-12

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