MLK Day Events 2017

The King Day of Service

The King Day of Service is a way to serve others and honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your community. Every January, Americans all over celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by volunteering to help others throughout their neighborhoods. Click on the link to find places to serve in your area.

King Day of Service

 

LEXINGTON

 
 23rd Annual Unity Breakfast
Lexington Convention Center
6:30 - 9:30 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017
 
The breakfast initiates the King Day commemoration about Dr. King, his work, his dream and his legacy. The breakfast instills in the hearts and minds of the people of this community that we can live, work, play and grow together in harmony.
 

Black Bone
Transylvania University Morlan Gallery
Noon-5 p.m. daily, Friday, January 13, 2017 - Tuesday, February 14, 2017


An exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell the story of the United States through visual and written culture. Affrilachia embraces a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia home and/or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of this region. (Closed January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.) Also by special appointment. Free admission. http://www.transy.edu/about/arts/morlan/exhibitions

 

MLK Holiday Freedom March
Lexington Center Heritage Hall (line up begins at 9am in corridor on Main St. side)
10 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017
  http://www.uky.edu/mlk/content/how-participate  

 

MLK Holiday Celebration 
Lexington Center Heritage Hall
9-10 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2017
  http://www.uky.edu/mlk/content/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-celebration


 

12th Annual Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Awards Luncheon
1801 Newtown Pike, Embassy Suites Lexington
11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017

For the 12th year, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host the Coretta Scott King “Spirit of Ivy” Awards Luncheon. The award, named for civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, widow of the late Rev. Dr. King Jr., will recognize Lexington area women who have and continue to exemplify the spirit of the ivy—strength and endurance—in facing and overcoming obstacles. Keynote Speaker: Judge Pamela Goodwine

http://akalexington.org/?page_id=50&event_id1=93

 

Late Night & MLK Center present Fruitvale Station
Memorial Hall MEH Lobby
4-8 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For more information contact: zach.c.lamb@gmail.com
 
 

LOUISVILLE

 
University of Louisville  
SAC Multi-Purpose Room 
January 16, 2017 

Become part of the UofL community in making it a "day on, not a day off." 
Students will be transported to various service locations around the city.
 
 
  
University of Louisville Cultural Center
Friday, January 13 - Friday, January 20, 2017

Week-long series of events that honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and educate the UofL campus and community on the importance of actualizing Dr. King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service. MLK Day of Service
  
 
MLK Day of Service
Shelby Park, 600 East Oak Street
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 16, 2017

The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Help make our community parks extraordinary and make it “A Day On, Not a Day Off!” http://www.olmstedparks.org/events/
 
MLK Day of Service
University of Louisville - SAC Multi-purpose room
9:30a.m. - 3p.m., January 16, 2017

Become a part of the UofL community in making it a "day on, not a day off." Students will be transported to various service locations around the city. http://louisville.edu/studentactivities/service-opportunities/mlk-day-of-service
For more information contact Brittany Barnes - Brittany.Barnes@exchange.louisville.edu
 
 
 
MLK, Jr. Day FILM SCREENING: “I Have A Dream”
Ali Center
144 N. Sixth St.
Monday, January 16, 2017
First screening: 10:00 a.m. and hourly thereafter

A panel discussion, “Continuing the Dream, Living the Legacy” will follow the 11:00 a.m. showing. Members of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students will discussion how young people are continuing the work of Dr. King and Muhammad Ali in our community. One of the most powerful and significant speeches in the history of the civil rights movement. http://alicenter.org/calendar/
 
National Council of Negro Women-Louisvill Section Annual King Breakfast
Crowne Plaza Hotel
830 Phillips Lane
9:30 AM, January 14, 2017
 
Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance.
Guest Speaker: Attica Scott, State Representative
For more information contact Mary Frances Stiner (502) 933-1413 or  maryfran_peace@bellsouth.net

BEREA

On Monday, Jan. 16, Berea College will sponsor the following events, which includes a memorial March in honor of the holiday. At 9:30 a.m., assemble at Union Church, 213 Prospect Street; at 10 a.m., march to First Christian Church 206 Chestnut Street, led by BME and Community; at 10:15 a.m., a warm-Up at First Christian Church Community Room (Refreshments); at 10:30 a.m., a keynote performance by artist Mitzi Sinnott followed by a workshop; at 12:30 p.m., there will be lunch in Berea Cafeteria (Discounted lunches); at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland, Convocation Speaker, Phelps-
Stokes Auditorium "From Black Power to Black Lives Matter"; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., will be a reception and conversation with Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education Gallery.
 On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at p.m. Berea College will sponsor, “We’ve Come this Far by Faith: A
Conversation on Race, Religion, and Remembrance,” with Ben Groth, Berea Campus
Christian Center and Kyle Brooks, Vanderbilt University. Carter G. Woodson Center for
Interracial Education.
 For more on the above Berea events, contact the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial
Education at 859.985.3785.
 

BARDSTOWN

Bardstown will have its annual  Martin Luther King Holiday community celebration at St. Monica’s  Catholic Church at noon on Monday, Jan. 16.  State Rep. George Brown will be the keynote speaker. Former Mayor Bill Sheckles is chief organizer and Master of Ceremonies.  Kim Hickman will welcome guests. The Community Choir is under the direction of David Kimberland and the Bardstown High School Choir under Cathy Christian. The Rev. Roscoe Linton of St. John’s A.M.E. Zion will read scripture, the Rev. Jewel Brock of First Baptist will give the invocation, and the Rev. Randy Cooper will give the offertory prayer. City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland will introduce the speaker. The theme is from a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King that individuals are called to play “the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but one day we must come to see that the whole road to Jericho must be transformed.”

 

BOWLING GREEN 

 

On Wednesday Jan. 11, at 6 p.m., at Youth Night Activities, will be “A Night with The King: Making History Matter,” at the 11th Street Baptist Church located at 1035 Kenton Street in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be Carla Rodgers Brown.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Warren County Public Schools, will be the Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. There will also be music and Essay and Art contests. The event will be at Warren Central High School located at 559 Morgantown Road in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. Call for more information at 270.781.5150.
 
On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Night Celebration
Presentation on Emmett Till. The guest speaker will be Dorothy Jarrett,  the Middle School Principal from Norcross, Ga., and a family relative of the late Emmet Till. The event will be at the Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School located at 165 Webb Drive in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101.
 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 a.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Memorial Breakfast at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School located at 165 Webb Drive in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be John C. Lee Jr., who is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bowling Green.
 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March. It will begin at the Warren County Justice Center located at 1001 Center Street in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The march will end at State Street Baptist Church located at 340 State Street.
 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. will be the Martin Luther King  Jr. Memorial Celebration at
State Street Baptist Church located at 340 State Street in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith of the University of Kentucky.

 

FRANKLIN

 

On Monday Jan. 16, there will be a Martin Luther King Day March in Franklin. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a Commemorative Breakfast at First United Methodist Church, which is located at 107 N College St, in Franklin, Ky., 42134. Pastor Mark Stacey will speak at the breakfast. Afterward, the march will begin at the church and proceed to the Greater Taylor A.M.E. Church at 604 Jefferson St. There will be a Commemorative Service at the Greater Taylor church with Pastor Peter Williams speaking at 10:30 a.m. The Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission is sponsoring the event. Contact Wanda Tuck for more information at 270.598.9189.
 
On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. It will be held at the Elevated Missionary Baptist Church located at 306 Bell Street in Franklin, Ky., 42134. The keynote speaker will be Pastor Brian Hogg of Alpha Baptist Church in Franklin. Music will be performed by the Alpha Vessels of Praise Youth Choir. For more information call the African American Heritage Center of Franklin at 615. 319-6531.

 

GEORGETOWN

On Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., will be the Fourth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Conference Center located at 317 East Main Street, in Georgetown, Ky., 40324. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. The event is hosted by the Georgetown-Scott County NAACP. For more information, contact Byron Moran at 859.338.9897.
 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Day March. It will begin at the Georgetown College Ed David Learning Center, which is located at 151 Ed Davis Lane, in Georgetown, Ky., 40324. Beforehand at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Derek King, a nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be present to greet those in the community. The march will also end at the Ed Davis Learning Center. There will be a program at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown Baptist Church, which is located at 207 South Hamilton Street. The speaker is Dr. Derek King of Indianapolis, Ind. The vocalist, former Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis will perform. A reception with refreshments will be held at 6 p.m. The events are sponsored by the local NAACP, the City of Georgetown, and Scott County.

 

 

HARRODSBURG

 
11th Annual MLK Day Event, "Dream. Believe. Become." All events are on Monday, Jan. 16: 8 a.m. (FREE pancake breakfast); 9 a.m. (Commemorative March); 9:30 a.m. (Special Program). The events will be at Harrodsburg Intermediate School, 443 East Lexington Street
Harrodsburg, Ky., 40330. Donations will be accepted at the breakfast and will benefit Mercer Transformation (the organization managing the old Harrodsburg High School campus on Lexington St.) FREE pink t-shirts will be given to the first 200 attendees in honor of cancer awareness this year. Contests for the t-shirt design, essay and banner are open to everyone. More information, call Mercer County Extension Office at 859.734.4378 or email luci.hockersmith@uky.edu.

 

MADISONVILLE

 
On Saturday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., is the Hopkins County 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. It will be held at the Byrnes Auditorium located at 750 Laffoon Street, in Madisonville, Ky. The event will honor the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader with an evening of special guest performances. The keynote speaker is Hilary O. Shelton, who serves as senior vice-president for Policy and Advocacy and director to the NAACP Washington Bureau. Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner Timothy Thomas is organizer of the event Call him at 270.836.2281 for more information. Also, visit the website at https://www.evensi.us/hopkins-countys-33rd-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/192253466

 

MAYSVILLE

 

On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday March from Bethel Baptist Church, which is located at 501 Forest Ave., in Maysville, Ky., 41056. Following will be a program at Scott United Methodist Church, which is located at 118 Fourth Street.

 

NEWPORT

 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. will be the Annual Northern Kentucky NAACP MLK Jr. Luncheon at the Syndicate Event Center, which is located at 18 East Fifth St., in Newport, Ky., 41071. For more information, call 859.442.7476.

 

PIKEVILLE

 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in conjunction with the City of Pikeville will sponsor a Martin Luther King Day Unity March. The march begins at First Baptist Church, which is located at 126 Fourth St., in Pikeville, Ky., 41501. The march will end at the Pikeville City Park, which is located at 101 to 199 Cumberland Ct. For more information, contact Tina Terry of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College at 606.886.7374.

 

PRINCETON

 
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m., will be the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Holiday celebration luncheon at the Central Presbyterian church, 206 W Main St., in Princeton, Ky., 42445. There is a $5 charge and everyone is invited. The Rev Dr. M.O. Fort, pastor of Virginia St. Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, Ky., will be the guest speaker. Call Central Presbyterian Rev. Ken Godshall at 914.643.3419 for more information.

 

SOMERSET

 

On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., there will be a Lake Cumberland Area Martin Luther King Holiday Community event. It will be held at First Baptist Church, 128 N. Main Street, in Somerset, Ky. The guest speaker at the program will be Rev. Richard N. Hughes, the College Minister of St. Stephen Church of Louisville, Ky. Contact the church for more information at 606.678.5106.
 

WHITESBURG

The First Baptist Church in Whitesburg will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast and discussion at 9am on January 16, with a service to follow at 10am.
There will be a screening of Ava DuVernay's 13th at 6pm on 1/16 in the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College auditorium. The film explores the state of mass incarceration in America. Pizza and discussion will follow.
A screening of Ava DuVernay's Selma at 6pm on January 18 will be held at the Boone Youth Drop-in Center. The film tells the story of the March on Selma. Pizza and discussion will follow.
For more information, contact: Izzy Broomfield isaiahebroomfield@gmail.com

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Service
Campbellsville University Chapel
10 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Featured Speaker: Dr. Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith is a native of Lexington,Kentucky,and pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in history from the University of Kentucky. He is currently an associate professor of African-American history and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar-in-Residence at UK. Dr. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards,has served on a number of different boards and committees, and now serves as chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.
For more information contact John Chowning at 270.789.5001 or email jechowning@campbellsville.edu.


MERCER COUNTY


11th Annual MLK Day Event: "Dream. Believe. Become."

8 a.m. (FREE pancake breakfast)
9 a.m. (Commemorative March)
9:30 a.m. (Special Program)

Donations will be accepted at the breakfast and will benefit Mercer Transformation (the organization managing the old Harrodsburg High School campus on Lexington St.) FREE pink t-shirts will be given to the first 200 attendees in honor of cancer awareness this year. Contests for the t-shirt design, essay and banner are open to everyone. More information: Mercer County Extension Office, 859.734.4378 or email luci.hockersmith@uky.edu.

 

RICHMOND

Unity Breakfast
Admission is Free
Monday January 16, 2017

For more information please call 859-248-5564 or email: humanrights@richmond.ky.us
SPONSOR: The Richmond Human Rights Commission
SUPPORTED BY: Western KY University
 
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King March and Service

For more information: 859-634-2045
(March will start at the First Baptist Church on Francis St. at 5 pm, assembly beginning at 4:45 pm)
SPONSOR: Madison County Branch of the NAACP

 

DANVILLE

 
Becoming Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice
8p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017

Norton Center for the Arts - Weisiger Theatre
Centre College
600 West Walnut St.
Danville, KY 40422
 
 
René Marie and Experiment in Truth
Norton Center for the Arts
8 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017

Known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness. A distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel.
  
 
Founders Day Presentation
11a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Mr. Frank X. Walker - Frist African American Poet Laureate of KY

Norton Center for the Arts - Newlin Hall
Centre College
600 West Walnut St.
Danville, KY 40422
 
The Resilience of Memory
A Presenentation by Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams
7p.m., Monday, January 17, 2017
Norton Center for the Arts - Newlin Hall

Centre College
600 West Walnut St.
Danville, KY 40422
 

 

HAZARD

 
BREAKFAST: Hazard Community and Technical College will sponsor a FREE breakfast on 1/16 from 9:30-11 at First Presbyterian Church, 160 Broadway. It’s going to be DELICIOUS and fun, and we hope you’ll come and bring your family.
MARCH: Immediately following the breakfast, there will be a short march through downtown Hazard. If you’ve never attended this march, we urge you to do so. It’s an incredibly moving and thought-provoking experience. Children are especially welcome!
CEREMONY: Immediately following the March, there will be a service at Consolidated Baptist Church, right across the street from First Presbyterian. This is also always an incredibly moving and thought-provoking experience, held in an wonderfully welcoming and sacred space. No matter where you go to church—or even if you don’t go at all!—you’ll find this a great service.
SERVICE ACTIVITY: Make MLK Day a Day ON, not a day off, and join the Red Cross for a Home Fire Safety Smoke Alarm Installation Day. If you’d like to participate, we’ll meet at the Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 329 Poplar Street at noon. We’ll get a brief training, and then spread out through Walkertown and Lothair to install smoke alarms and do some teaching. We should finish by four.  Children are more than welcome, if they are accompanied by adults. Please contact me if you plan to attend. You can get all five of your service hours done on this day!!!!
For more information contact Jenny Williams, Hazard Community College jenny.williams@kctcs.edu

CYNTHIANA


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Program
10 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017

March begins at Ebenezer United Methodist Church (205 North Locust St. Cynthiana)
Program will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church (103 East Pearl St. Cynthiana) following the March
For more information call Rev. Kenneth Newby at 859-707-1599

FRANKFORT


Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - Commission Award Ceremony
4-6p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thomas D. Clark History Center

100 West. Broadway St.
Frankfort, KY
PLEASE RSVP by contacting: kyome@ky.gov or by calling 502-564-2611

ASHLAND - BOYD COUNTY

Annual Ashland-Boyd County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March
Service and Lunch
10a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017
St. James AME Church

333 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Ashland
For more information contact Mrs. Carol Jackson at 606-923-9544

HOPKINS COUNTY

Hopkins County 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Byrnes Auditorium

4 - 7 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017

Honoring the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an evening of special guest performances and esteemed guest speaker Mr. Hilary O. Shelton. Mr. Shelton presently serves as the Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy/Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau.
https://www.evensi.us/hopkins-countys-33rd-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/192253466

 
 

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Church of Our Savior
246 East 10th Street
Covington, KY 41011
Information: Sister Janet Bucher, (859) 491-5872

   

Annual Northern Kentucky Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  March

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

MLK Jr. Blvd. and Pike Street
Covington, KY 4100
Information: (859) 866-2637

 

Annual Northern Kentucky interdenominational Ministerial Alliance MLK Jr. Program

 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

The Life Learning Center
20 West 18th Street
Covington, KY 41011 
 Information: (859) 866-2627

 

Annual Northern Kentucky NAACP MLK Jr. Luncheon

11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

The Syndicate Event Center
18 East Fifth Street
Newport, KY 41071
Information: (859) 442-7476

 

CINCINNATI

King Legacy Breakfast and Awards Program 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017, 7:30  a.m.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets are $35 per person. Seating is limited.
(513) 333-7606

 

Annual MLK Cincinnati Coalition Fountain Square Commemorative March and Interfaith Service

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

March from National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
To Fountain Square
Fifth and Vine Streets
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


 

Annual MLK Cincinnati Coalition MLK Commemorative Celebration

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017,11:30 a.m.

Taft Theatre
317 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Information: (513) 232-622