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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration and Leadership Awards ceremony set for Wednesday


A celebration commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, including the annual presentation of adult and youth leadership awards.

The event is presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office and Kentucky Historical Society.

Musical presentations and guest speakers will explore the theme “The Golden Rule: Then and Now” as well as life’s most persistent and urgent question, “What are you doing for others?” The keynote presenter is Nick Jackson, a motivational speaker, African American educator and national spokesperson for UGive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of volunteers.

Leadership awards will be presented to James H. Atkins, Danville; Anita Collins; Frankfort; Laura Gallaher and Danica Moon, Lexington; Sharon Hoskins-Sanders, Campbellsville; and Ruby McCoy Mason, Nicholasville. Harrodsburg will be recognized with a Community Award.

According to the commission, “This year’s theme asks us all to consider the Golden Rule as a moral underpinning to King’s civil rights and justice work. How was that principle deployed then, in King’s mission, and where should we and our society deploy this viewpoint now?”

Admission is free to the public but seating is limited. Register on Eventbrite and follow this Facebook link for updates.

Commission members are Michael Johnson, Chair, and Pamela Sue Dimmerman, Waymen Eddings, John Q. Johnson, Shannon Lynn Ramsey, Vincent Rivera, Kevin Russell, Yvette Monique Smith, Isiah Stovall, Melvin L. Turner, Wanda E. Washington, and Tiffany Nneka Yeast.

For more, contact Tressa Brown, commission coordinator, at 502-892-3607.

From Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office


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