MLK Day Events 2017

Across America - 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


ASHLAND - BOYD COUNTY

Monday, Jan. 16
Annual Ashland-Boyd County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March, Service and Lunch , St. James AME Church, 333 MLK Jr. Blvd., Ashland. More information: Mrs. Carol Jackson, 606.923.9544.

 

BARDSTOWN

Monday, Jan. 16
Noon: Annual Martin Luther King Holiday community celebration, St. Monica’s Catholic Church, with Rep. George Brown as 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.”

 

BEREA

Monday, Jan. 16
Berea College will sponsor the following events, which includes a memorial March in honor of the holiday:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Assemble at Union Church, 213 Prospect Street
  • 10 a.m.: March to First Christian Church 206 Chestnut Street, led by BME and Community
  • 10:15 a.m.: Warm-Up at First Christian Church Community Room (Refreshments)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Keynote performance by artist Mitzi Sinnott, followed by a workshop
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch in Berea Cafeteria (discounted lunches)
  • 3 p.m.: Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland, Convocation Speaker, Phelps-Stokes Auditorium;From Black Power to Black Lives Matter
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Reception and conversation with Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education Gallery.

Tuesday, Jan. 17
Berea College will sponsor “We’ve Come this Far by Faith: 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.

 

BOWLING GREEN

Wednesday Jan. 11
6 p.m.: During Youth Night Activities, there will be “A Night with The King: Making History Matter,” 11th Street Baptist Church, 1035 Kenton Street, Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be Carla Rodgers Brown.

Saturday, Jan. 14
4 p.m.: Warren County Public Schools, Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. There will also be music, and essay and art contests. Warren Central High School, 559 Morgantown Road, Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. More information: 270.781.5150.

Sunday, Jan. 15
4 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Night of Celebration. Presentation on Emmett Till. The guest speaker will be Dorothy Jarrett, middle school principal from Norcross, Ga., and a family relative of the late Emmet Till. Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, 165 Webb Drive, Bowling Green, Ky., 42101.

Monday, Jan. 16
7:30 a.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Memorial Breakfast, Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, 165 Webb Dr., Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be John C. Lee Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bowling Green.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March, begins at the Warren County Justice Center, 1001 Center Street, Bowling Green, 42101. The march will end at State Street Baptist Church, State St.
11 a.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration, State Street Baptist Church, 340 State St., Bowling Green, 42101. The guest speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith of the University of Kentucky.

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE

Wednesday, Jan. 18
10 a.m.: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Service, Campbellsville University Chapel. Featured Speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith Dr. Smith is on the faculty at UK and serves as chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. More information: John Chowning, 270.789.5001 or email jechowning@campbellsville.edu.

 

CINCINNATI

Monday, Jan. 16
TIME?: King Legacy Breakfast and Awards Program 2017. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, 45202. Tickets $35 per person. Seating is limited. More information: 513.333.7606.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Annual MLK Cincinnati Coalition Fountain Square Commemorative March and Interfaith Service, March from National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati45202, to Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, 45202.

11:30 a.m.: Annual MLK Cincinnati Coalition MLK Commemorative Celebration, Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St., Cincinnati, 45202. More information: PHONE?

 

CYNTHIANA

Monday, Jan. 16
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Program, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 205 North Locust St., Cynthiana. Program will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church 160;East Pearl, Cynthiana following the March. More information: Rev. Kenneth Newby, 859.707.1599.

 

DANVILLE

Monday, Jan. 9
8 p.m.: Becoming Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice, Norton Center for the Arts, Weisiger Theatre, Centre College, 600 West Walnut St., Danville, 40422

Saturday, Jan. 14
8 p.m.: René Marie and Experiment in Truth. Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College, 600 West Walnut St., Danville, 40422. Known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness. A distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel.

Admission: $38-$49. Rene' Marie and Experiment in Truth

Wednesday, Jan. 18
11 a.m.: Founders Day Presentation, Norton Center for the Arts, Newlin Hall, Centre College, 600 West Walnut St., Danville, 40422. Mr. Frank X. Walker, first African-American Poet Laureate of Kentucky.

Monday, Jan. 16
7 p.m.: The Resilience of Memory, A Presentation by Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams. Norton Center for the Arts, Newlin Hall, Centre College, 600 West Walnut St., Danville, 40422.

 

 

FRANKFORT

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4-6 p.m.: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Commission Award Ceremony, Thomas D. Clark History Center, 100 West Broadway St., Frankfort, 40601. PLEASE RSVP by contacting:

kyome@ky.gov or by calling 502.564.2611.

 

FRANKLIN

Monday Jan. 16
8 a.m.: Martin Luther King Day March in Franklin. The festivities begin with a commemorative breakfast at First United Methodist Church, 107 N. College St., Franklin, 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, 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, 270.598.9189.

Sunday, Jan. 15
3 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration, Elevated Missionary Baptist Church, 306 Bell Street, Franklin, 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. More information: African American Heritage Center of Franklin at 615.319-6531.

 

GEORGETOWN

Saturday, Jan. 14
9-10:30 a.m.: Fourth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, First Presbyterian Church Conference Center, 317 East Main Street, Georgetown, 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. More information: Byron Moran, 859.338.9897.

Monday, Jan. 16
4 p.m.: Martin Luther King Day March, Georgetown College Ed David Learning Center, 151 Ed Davis Lane, Georgetown, 40324.
3:30 p.m.: Dr. Derek King, a nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be present to greet community members. The march will also end at the Ed Davis Learning Center.
5 p.m.: Program, Georgetown Baptist Church, 207 South Hamilton St. The speaker will be Dr. Derek King of Indianapolis. The vocalist, former Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis, will perform.
6 p.m.: Reception with refreshments will be held. Events are sponsored by the local NAACP, the city of Georgetown, and Scott County. Brittany.Barnes@exchange.louisville.edu

 

HARRODSBURG

Monday, Jan. 16
11th Annual MLK Day Event, "Dream. Believe. Become." FREE pancake breakfast.
9 a.m.: Commemorative March
9:30 a.m.: Special program, Harrodsburg Intermediate School, 443 East Lexington St., Harrodsburg, 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: Mercer County Extension Office, 859.734.4378 or email luci.hockersmith@uky.edu.

 

HAZARD

Monday, Jan. 16
9:30-11: Hazard Community and Technical College will sponsor a FREE breakfast, First Presbyterian Church, 160 Broadway. They hope you’ll come and bring your family.

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!

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.

Noon: 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, meet at the Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 329 Poplar St. There will be a brief training, and then the group spreads 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. You can get all five of your service hours done on this day. If you plan to attend, please contact: Jenny Williams, Hazard Community College jenny.williams@kctcs.edu

 

HOPKINS COUNTY

Saturday, Jan. 14
7 p.m.: Hopkins County 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Byrnes Auditorium. 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 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

 

LEXINGTON

Monday, Jan. 16
6:30-9:30 a.m.: Annual Unity Breakfast, Lexington Convention Center. The breakfast initiates the King Day commemoration about Dr. King, his work, his dream and his legacy. It instills in the hearts and minds of people of this community that we can live, work, play and grow together in harmony.
https://www.evensi.us/23rd-annual-unity-breakfast-lexington-convention-center/188523486

Friday, Jan. 13- Tuesday, Feb. 14
Noon-5 p.m. daily: Black Bone, Transylvania University, Morlan Gallery. 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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 14

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

11:30 a.m.: 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. Martin Luther 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 will be Judge Pamela Goodwine. http://akalexington.org/?page_id=50&event_id1=93

Wednesday, Jan. 18
4-8 p.m.: Late Night MLK Center presents Fruitvale Station, Memorial Hall Lobby. zach.c.lamb@gmail.com

 

LOUISVILLE

Friday, Jan. 13 - Friday, Jan. 20
MLK Day of Service, University of Louisville Cultural Center. 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.

Saturday, Jan. 14
9:30 a.m.: National Council of Negro Women-Louisville Section, Annual King Breakfast, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane. Tickets $40.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Guest Speaker: Attica Scott, State Representative. More information: Mary Frances Stiner, 502.933.1413 or maryfran_peace@bellsouth.net.

 

Monday, Jan. 16
9:30 a.m. - 3p.m.: 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. Meet at University of Louisville, SAC Multi-Purpose Room. More information: Brittany Barnes, Brittany.Barnes@exchange.louisville.edu http://louisville.edu/studentactivities/service-opportunities/mlk-day-of-service

 

10 a.m. (first screening and hourly thereafter): Film screening of "I Have A Dream,” Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Following the 11 a.m. showing, there will be a panel discussion, “Continuing the Dream, Living the Legacy.” 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. https://www.evensi.us/hopkins-countys-33rd-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/192253466

  

MAYSVILLE

Sunday, Jan. 15
1:30 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday March, Bethel Baptist Church, 501 Forest Ave., Maysville, 41056. Program follows the march, Scott United Methodist Church, 118 Fourth St.

 

MERCER COUNTY

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

 

NEWPORT

Monday, Jan. 16
11:30 a.m.: Annual Northern Kentucky NAACP MLK Jr. Luncheon, Syndicate Event Center, 18 East Fifth St., Newport, 41071. More information: 859.442.7476.

 

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Saturday, Jan. 14
9:30a.m.: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast, Church of Our Savior, 246 East 10th Street, Covington, 41011. More information: Sister Janet Bucher, 859.491.5872.
1:30 p.m.: Annual Northern Kentucky Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March, MLK Jr. Blvd. and Pike St., Covington. More information: 859.866.2637.
2 p.m.: Annual Northern Kentucky interdenominational Ministerial Alliance MLK Jr. Program, The Life Learning Center, 20 West 18th St., Covington, 41011. More information: 859.866.2627

Monday, Jan. 16
11:30 a.m.: Annual Northern Kentucky NAACP MLK Jr. Luncheon, The Syndicate Event Center, 18 East Fifth St., Newport, 41071. More information: 859.442.7476.

 

PIKEVILLE

Monday, Jan. 16
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, First Baptist Church, 126 Fourth St., Pikeville, Ky., 41501. The march will end at the Pikeville City Park, 101 to 199 Cumberland Ct. More information: Tina Terry, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, 606.886.7374.

 

PRINCETON

Monday, Jan. 16
1 p.m.: Second Annual Martin Luther King Holiday celebration luncheon, Central Presbyterian Church, 206 W Main St., Princeton, 42445. There is a $5.00 charge and everyone is invited. The Rev Dr. M.O. Fort, pastor of Virginia St. Baptist Church of Hopkinsville will be the guest speaker. More information: Central Presbyterian Rev. Ken Godshall, 914.643.3419.

 

RICHMOND

Monday, Jan. 16
Unity Breakfast, free admission. More information: 859.248.5564 or email: humanrights@richmond.ky.us. Sponsored by The Richmond Human Rights Commission.

 

SOMERSET

Sunday, Jan. 15
2 p.m.: Lake Cumberland Area Martin Luther King Holiday Community event, First Baptist Church, 128 N. Main St., Somerset. The guest speaker will be Rev. Richard N. Hughes, the College Minister of St. Stephen Church of Louisville. More information: Please contact the church, 606.678.5106.

 

WHITESBURG

Monday, Jan. 16
9 a.m.: First Baptist Church in Whitesburg will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast and discussion with a service to follow at 10 a.m.
6 p.m.: There will be a screening of Ava DuVernay's 13th, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College auditorium. The film explores the state of mass incarceration in America. Pizza and discussion will follow.

Wednesday, Jan. 18.
6 p.m.: A screening of Ava DuVernay's Selma, Boone Youth Drop-in Center. The film tells the story of the March on Selma. Pizza and discussion will follow. More information: Izzy Broomfield isaiahebroomfield@gmail.com