Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from ehpien’s photostream

Gathering at 2 p.m. at August Wilson Center Downtown

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will host a Community Gathering on Monday, January 16, 2017 as the county and city celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, will be a celebration of our community being built upon our differences, and a recommitment from leaders in this region that it will continue to be a community for everyone.

“Allegheny County is a community of people with different races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, interests, abilities, allegiances and beliefs. That diversity is our region’s strength as every resident’s time, talents and contributions to our social, religious, cultural, educational and economic life greatly enrich our community,” said Fitzgerald. “This event is a celebration of those differences and a commitment to our residents that we will continue to be that welcoming community that embraces our differences.”

The Community Gathering will be emceed by former news reporter Harold Hayes and will include musical performances, remarks from leaders of different segments of our community, blessings from a variety of religious leaders and a performance celebrating our diversity.

“Going back centuries, the Pittsburgh region has always been welcoming to all. Today things are no different. From people whose families have lived here decades, to those new to our city, we open our arts and hearts to all those happy to be Pittsburghers,” Mayor William Peduto said.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.