2018 MLK Events


The NAACP of Boyd and Greenup Counties will be hosting its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at the Transportation Center, 99 15th Street, Ashland, KY, 41101.

The MLK Jr. Day March and Lunch will be held following the Transportation Center program at First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. For more information, contact Mrs. Carol Jackson of the Boyd and Greenup County NAACP, (606) 923-9544. 



The Nelson County NAACP Chapter in conjunction with the Concerned Parents of Nelson County will sponsor the annual MLK Day Celebration on Monday, January 15th at Noon at St. Monica Catholic Church at 407 S. 3rd St in Bardstown, KY. The Theme of the Day is "How Did We Get to This Place in History?"  The featured speaker will be Father John Judie, who is serving as Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Christ the King Catholic Church in Louisville, KY. For more information, call 502-348-5250.



Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Celebration at Berea College-Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. 9:30 a.m. Gather at Union Church, 213 Prospect Street, Berea, Ky, 40404. Music by Black Music Ensemble.

MC: Leemu K. Hall, President, Black Student Union

Kent Gilbert and Rachel Small Stokes, pastors, Union Church

Ben Groth, director, Campus Christian Center

MAyor Steven Connolly, City of Berea

President Lyle Roelofs-"Why We March"

10 a.m. March Line-up led by Black Music Ensemble

March to Presser Hall- Gray Auditorium (refreshments)


Berea Collegeto host day of celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Music by Black Music Ensemble.

MC: Nana Boateng, coordinator, Diversity Peer Education Team

"The Good Food Revolution," Malik Yakini, co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

12:30p.m. Lunch-Berea College cafeteria

3:00p.m. Convocation: "The Fannie Lou Hammer Story:A One-Woman Play," performed by Mzuri Movo Aimbaye, in Phelps-Stokes Auditorium

4:30p.m. Reception and Conversations with Mzuri Movo Aimbaye and Malik Yakini at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education Gallery, hosted by the Black Male Leadership Initiative. 


Bowling Green

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:00p.m. there will be a Mlk Holiday Kick-Off- Mt.Zion Baptist Church.  "A Night with the King" Reflections of the Dream Performed by Rev.John Lee Jr., Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  Music and Youth Performance.



Saturday, January 13,2018 at 4:00pm, the 4th Annual Warren County Schools MLK Jr., Celebration Event "Strength in Love". ''Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. MLK Jr.



Sunday, Jan 14, 2018 at 4:00pm There will be a MLK Jr. Youth Event. Guest Speaker will be Caleb Castile. Two Time National Champion Football Player. Actor in the Movie "Woodlawn" and Youth Evangelist.



Monday, Jan 15, 2018, 4:00pm MLK Jr. Adult event. Guest, Jeremiah and Jean Castile, Jeremiah Castile Foundation, Focus on Mentoring



Mon. Jan 15,2018 MLK Jr.,  Commemorative March Which will begin at the Justice Center to State Street Baptist Church.



Monday, January 15,2018 at 11:00 pm there will be a MLK 2018 Celebration Main Event "Together We Win with Love and Humanity".  The Guest Speaker will be Jeremiah Castille, Ordained Minister at The Church at Brook Hills. Chaplain,  University of Alabama. Former NFL Football Player for Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Denver Broncos



Campbellsville University will host our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service on January 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET in the Ransdell Chapel.  The guest speaker is Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention.  See bio below.   The event is free and open to the public.


Campbellsville University will host Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. for our chapel service on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. ET in the CU Ransdell Chapel.  It is part of our Black History Month Celebration with the focus on Dr. King's legacy and to contemplate where we are 50 years after his death. 



The annual Cynthiana-Harrison County NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Program will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 205 North Locust Street, Cynthiana, Ky., 41013. The keynote speaker will be KY State Senator Reginald Thomas of Lexington. For more information, contact Rev. Kenneth Newby, (859) 707-1599. 



In honor of MLK Day, the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission will recognize youth and adult leaders as well as students in Kentucky who embody Dr. King's life and work through personal service, art, and writing. The celebration​ will be held in Frankfort on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History: 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY.



The African American Heritage Center is proud to announce the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Celebration.The Celebration will be held on Sunday, January 14th 2018 at 3:00pm at the Elevated Missionary Baptist Church, Franklin, KY.

Program Speaker: Rev. Charles McCutchen, Jr., Pastor of Community Church at Cedar Springs, Brownsville, KY

Program Music: Kentucky State University's Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Keith McCutchen

For more information, call Sharon L. Taylor-Carrillo at (615)319-6531




The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Program will  start at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2018 at Faith Baptist Church, 116 Pocahontas Trail, Georgetown, KY 40324. The march will begin on College Street at Georgetown College and proceed to Military Street, to Main Street and then back to Broadway Street and Georgetown College. The program will begin at 5 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Toussaint King Hill, pastor of West Hunter Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga. The event is sponsored by the city of Georgetown, Scott County, the Georgetown/Scott County NAACP and Georgetown College. 



Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College

In Celebration of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Holiday

Community Diversity Breakfast

Saturday, January 13, 2017

Benham School House Inn

Benham, KY

PRESENTER:  Dr. Cicely Jenice Cottrell. Doctorate in Sociology and Criminology. Dr. Cottrell is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.  Her work is dedicated to serving the poor and disadvantaged criminal population, particularly African Americans and juveniles.

Theme: “Dr. Martin Luther King on Law & Morality”

Dr. Carolyn Sundy, V.P. Diversity/Inclusion & Special Programs



Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Gamma Omega Chapter & Pearls of Service Foundation, will host the 13th Annual Spirit of Ivy Awards on January 13, 2018 at 11:30am at Embassy Suites 1801 Newtown Pike Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, email akalexington1934@gmail.com.


Monday, January 15, 2018

The Unity Breakfast will take place at the Lexington Center, Heritage Hall West at 6:30am. This year's theme is "Unity: Peace Through Non-Violence." Tickets are $25. For more information, visit this website​.


The Freedom March will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the Commemorative Holiday Program will be held in Heritage Hall at 11:00 a.m.



The Theme for this year's program is Dr.King's Vision in An Age of Betrayal. This year's guest presenter  is American anti-racism activist and writer, Mr. Tim Wise. Mr. Wise is one of the most prominent  anti-racist writers  and educators in the United States.  Following the program, there will be a FREE showing of Hidden Figures at the Kentucky Theater, located at 214 East Main Street courtesy of One World Films.





On January 15th, the Ali Center will continue their tradition of showing MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech for free in their auditorium at 11 am. A panel discussion will follow. Here is the description from their website:


“It has become a tradition for the Ali Center to show Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech to the community in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year is no different. Join the Ali Center as it shows this historic speech at 11:00 a.m. 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 discuss how young people are continuing the work of Dr. King and Muhammad Ali in our community.

Please join us (and bring a friend) for this free screening of one of the most powerful and significant speeches in the history of the Civil Rights movement.”


Film screening is open to the public. Regular ticket prices apply for exhibit admission.

Address: 144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502.584.9254

Website: https://alicenter.org/?event=mlk-jr-day-film-screening-dream&event_date=2018-01-15



National Council of Negro Women Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Set for January 13, 2017

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Louisville section is sponsoring its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Saturday, January 13, 2018 in recognition of the King Holiday and King’s spiritual legacy and work for justice. The theme is “When Hands Reach Out to Help Others.” Rev. Daniel Corrie Shull, pastor of the Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza (Airport) Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane. The cost is $40 per person. For more information and to register in advance for the breakfast, contact Alteata McWilliams, Chairperson-King Breakfast at (502)592-9656 or Phyllis M. Webb, Publicity committee, (502)593-4334, or write to: NCNW, P.O. Box 21056, Louisville, KY 40221-0056. (Note: Tickets can also be purchased from current members of the organization).


The Kentucky Center's ArtsReach, River City Drum Corp and the Office of the Mayor Greg Fisher will present the "Keepers of the Dream Community Arts Celebration of Dr. King's Vision on Sunday, January 14 at 5:00PM. 

The Location: The Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 West Main Street. The 8th annual Keepers of the Dream, will be hosted by Ahmaad Edmund, will feature the presentation of the Mayor's Freedom Award, ArtsReach Living the Vision Awards. Jawan Bowman's recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speech "Where Do We Go From Here?" along with dance, and the spoken word. The Freedom Award, was first presented in 1987, recognizes citizens that have dedicated their life to promoting justice, peace, freedom, non­ violence, racial equality and civic activism. 


On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at 10 a.m, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Chair, George W. Stinson, will serve as the Grand Marshall at the Martin Luther King Holiday Motorcadae in Louisville. Chair Stinson represents the Fourth Supreme Court District and is a real estate developer. The Louisville Martin Luther King Motorcade has occurred for nearly 50 years and is sponsored by the People's Rights in Demanding Equality (PRIDE, Inc.). The lare George Burney, a member of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, was the founder of PRIDE and the MLK Jr. Motorcade. 

The Public is invited to participate in the motorcade and program. People from the entire region attend each year. The event is also supported by many of Kentucky's labor unions in honor of the late Dr. King's support of equal opportunity and labor unions. The motorcade honors the legacy of Reverend King. The motorcade is Monday, Jan. 15 from 10-12. Line-up is at 10 a.m. by the Kroger off West Broadway. The address is 671 S. 28th Street, Louisville, KY 40211.



The Martin Luther King Holiday Hopkins County 35th Annual Commemoration will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Madisonville, Kentucky, at the Byrnes Auditorium, which is located at 750 Laffoon Street. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gerald A. Smith, who is professor of the University of Kentucky and pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church. The event is free and the doors open at noon. See the attached poster for more information. For questions, contact Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner Timothy Thomas at 270.836.2281.



Wayne County Collaborative Unity Breakfast

A true community event which includes partnerships with SCC, WC Lions Club, WC Woman’s Club, Extension Office, Monticello Newspaper, Dairy Queen, SCC Student Ambassadors, Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Board, Wayne County Judge-Executive, and Mayor of Monticello will take place Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM at the Aspire Community Center, 90 Airport Road, Monticello, KY.

The event will feature guest speaker, Mrs. Delores Dalton, of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Board. It will also include SCC Student, Leighton Coffey – A Reading by Dr. King; Joe Cowan speaking on Wayne County Slave Cemeteries; Wayne County Elementary School Choir; and a Raffle Drawing for a TV donated by the Wayne County Wal-Mart (This raffle is for a fund raiser to help support the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial.   Tickets are $5.00 each or five tickets for $20.00). For more information, contact Elaine Wilson at (606)451-6915 or elaine.wilson@kctcs.edu.


Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky Branch, NAACP 14th Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Community Outreach Luncheon.

The luncheon will be held at the Newport Syndicate, 18 East Fifth Street, Newport, Kentucky on Monday, January 15, 2018. The Luncheon will begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.  The pre-luncheon reception will begin at 11:15 a.m. and conclude at 11:45 a.m. For ticket Information Call (859)442-7476


The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Discussion Breakfast will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the Church of Our Savior, 246 East 10th Street, Covington, KY 41011.


The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House (the former William H. Martin III Northern Kentucky Community Center), 824 Greenup Street, Covington, KY 41011. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Washington of Northern Kentucky University. 



The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Program for 2018 will begin at 9 a.m. at Daviess County High School, 4255 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, Ky., 42303,  and proceed to Bland Lecture Hall in the Humanities Building at the Owensboro Community and Technical College, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, Ky., 42303. The program will begin at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Benjamin Long, of the Kentucky Office of Consumer Protection. 




The annual Paducah-McCracken County NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Luncheon will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at the Robert C. Cherry Civic Center, 2701 West Park Drive, Paducah, Ky., 42001. The marchers will walk to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at 21st and Park Streets before returning to the Civic Center for the luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 15. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $5 for children. Mr. J. W. Cleary is president of the Paducah-McCracken County NAACP. For more information, call (270) 519-8408. ​




The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and program will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 126 4th Street, Pikeville, Ky., 41501. The program will begin after the march to Pikeville United Methodist Church, 107 Main Street, Pikeville, Ky., 41501. Pastor Justin Preston will recite Dr. King’s “I have A Dream,’’ speech. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Matisa Wilbon. The event is Big Sandy Community and Technical College, University of Pikeville and the city of Pikeville. For more information, contact Tina Terry at (606) 886-7374. 




City of Radcliff & The Mount Calvary District Association of Baptist In Kentucky and Surrounding Communities Present:Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration March and Program


Scripture: Ephesians 4:3 KJV (Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.)

March from Radcliff City Hall to St. Stephen Church at 12:00 pm, January 15, 2018. The program follows beginning at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church Hardin County 757 South Woodland Drive, Radcliff, KY 40160. Join us for a Church Service to recognize Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.


Mount Calvary District Association of Baptists in Kentucky was formed in 1893 and has a deep-rooted history in Kentucky. We would be honored to have you at this wonderful celebration. Our speaker will be Dr. C.B Atkins, Pastor of First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington, KY.​



The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast and March will be held from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 401 West Main Street, Richmond, Ky., 40475. The event is sponsored by the Richmond Human Rights Commission. The keynote speaker will be Madison County District Court Judge Brandy Oliver Brown. After the breakfast program, a march through downtown Richmond will be led by Rev. Robert Blythe, of the Richmond-Madison County NAACP and pastor of First Baptist Church, 302 Francis Street in Richmond. ​




This year will mark the 32nd anniversary of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Unity Walk in Russellville. the Walk will be held Friday, Jan. 12 at 8:15 a.m. beginning at the historic Bank Street AME Zion Church on 564 East Fifth Street Russellville. The theme for the event is "Reconstruction Revisited." Keynote speaker will be Mr. Timothy W. Thomas, Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner, 1st Supreme Court District, and TV host of "Focus with TIM Thomas in Madisonville, KY. 


Somerset Community College will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM in the Somerset Community College Community Room.

The event will feature guest speaker, Dr. Anton R. Reece, President, West Kentucky Community and Technical College. It will also include SCC Student, Leighton Coffey – A Reading by Dr. King. For more information, contact Elaine Wilson at (606)451-6915 or elaine.wilson@kctcs.edu.


Somerset Community College will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Program on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 128 North Main Street, Somerset, KY. The event will feature guest speaker, Ms. Renee M Shaw, Producer/Writer/Host, Kentucky Educational Television (KET). It will also feature Unity Choir, An Elementary School Choir; Steve Hall, Music Director. For more information, contact Elaine Wilson at (606)451-6915 or elaine.wilson@kctcs.edu.​ ​​​​​​