Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission


 

Mission 

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission is composed of members appointed by the Governor from diverse backgrounds in Kentucky life, including persons associated with labor, industry, commerce, government, civil rights, education, youth organizations, sports, fine arts and entertainment.

The Commission’s mission statement is to:

  • Promote the annual MLK holiday each January as an occasion to reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change as espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities relating to the King Holiday.
  • Promote community service in honor of the principles taught by Dr. King.
  • Provide advice and assistance to local governments and private organizations with respect to observance of the holiday.
  • Promote the holiday for interracial cooperation and youth antiviolence initiatives.
  • Whereas, we honor this mortal man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who made the ultimate sacrifice; therefore, it is the Commission’s intention to promote unity, equality and justice for all people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States and the world.

 

2017 MLK Leadership Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission recognized people who build full lives upon the foundation Dr. King set. Awards were given to youths as well as adults.  More info ...

Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Members

  

Michael "Big Mike" Johnson, Chair
Kirby Bennett
Waymen Eddings
Sasha Love Higgins
Jim Karibo
Nora Rose Moosnick
Natasha Murray
Shannon Ramsey
Kevin Russell
Yvette Smith
Melvin Turner
Wanda Washington
Tiffany Yeast
 

Commission Meetings

The Commission meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. For times and location, please contact the Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment at 502.564.2611 or email kyome@ky.gov. Remaining meetings for 2017 are:
 
Wed., March 8 - Meeting Cancelled
Wed., June 14
Wed., Sept. 13
Wed., Dec. 13
 
 

Related Links

 The King Center

Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

Contact Us

Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission
  
Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 146
Frankfort, KY 40601
502.564.2611
kyome@ky.gov​