Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission

2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration

 

 



2015 King Award Winners

Award winners​ were honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Photos from the ceremony are posted on the MLK Commission's Flickr page

View general awards information, forms, press releases and past award winners on the MLK Awards page.

 

2015 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

Timothy W. Thomas
Madisonville

 

2015 MLK State Essay Contest Winners

Elementary

  1. Mark Dunn
    5th grade, Mercer County Intermediate School, Mercer County 
  2. Angelino Vasquez
    5th grade, Minor's Lane Elementary, Jefferson County 
  3. Klaw Meh
    5th grade, Minor's Lane Elementary, Jefferson County

Middle

  1. Kolbee Squire
    8th grade, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Fayette County 
  2. Dorian Cleveland
    8th grade, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Fayette County 
  3. Matthew Pembleton
    8th grade, Taylor County Middle School, Taylor County

High

  1. Rayshawn Green
    12th grade, Jefferson County High School, Jefferson County 
  2. Madyson Bargo
    10th grade, Corbin Independent Schools, Whitley County 
  3. Tori Ellison
    10th grade, Corbin Independent Schools, Whitley County 

 

2015 MLK State Art Contest Winners

 Elementary

  1. Reagan Jordan
    4th grade, Mason County Independent Schools, Mason County 
  2. Solomon Tandy
    Kindergarten, Coleridge Taylor Elementary, Jefferson County 
  3. Magnolia Fan
    3rd grade, Mason County Independent Schools, Mason County 

Middle

  1. Andrea Li
    8th grade, East Jessamine Middle School, Jessamine County
  2. Brittany Smiley
    7th grade, Brown School, Jefferson County
  3. Miriem Shir
    8th grade, Brown School, Jefferson County

High

  1. Raven Walker
    12th grade, Metcalfe County High School, Metcalfe County 
  2. Christian Adams
    12th grade, Holmes High School, Kenton County
  3. Brittney Newman
    9th grade, South Floyd High School, Floyd County  

 

2015 MLK State Poetry Contest Winners

 Elementary

  1. Dylan Saunders
    4th grade, Garrison Elementary School, Lewis County 
  2. Josie Kleman
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Kenton County 
  3. Kelsey Blacketer
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Kenton County 

Middle

  1. Blake Caldwell
    8th grade, Brown School, Jefferson County
  2. Malcom Murray
    7th grade, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Fayette County 
  3. Kaleah Penick
    8th grade, Brown School, Jefferson County

High

  1. Mackenzie Berry
    11th grade, DuPont Manual High School, Jefferson County 
  2. Da’Shawn Simpson
    11th grade, Holmes High School, Kenton County
  3. Paige Ledford
    11th grade, Holmes High School, Kenton County

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 Holiday 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 gave 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.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission Members




 
Soreyda Benedit Begley
Kirby Bennett
Kerry Holleran
Rosie Moosnick
Clinton Morris
Natasha Murray
Shannon Ramsey
Yvette Smith
Melvin Turner
Wanda Washington
Lawrence Winburn
Tiffany Yeast
 

Links

The King Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

Kentucky AmeriCorps MLK Service Projects​​​​

 

Contact Us

Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment

700 Capitol Avenue
Suite 138
Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-2611 - Office
ome@ky.gov