Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission



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 ...

MLK Commission Members


Michael "Big Mike" Johnson, Chair
Kirby Bennett
Pamela Dimmerman
Waymen Eddings
Jim Karibo
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 location, please contact the Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment at 502.564.2611 or email Remaining meetings for 2017 are:

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