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KCTCS colleges honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a variety of events across the state

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) colleges and System Office will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., day by sponsoring or participating in events across the state.

Below is a complete listing of all the events KCTCS colleges are hosting or participating in to honor King.

Ashland Community and Technical College

ACTC and Boyd and Greenup County NAACP MLK, Jr. Day Celebration
Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Transportation Center on 15th St., Ashland
Guest speaker: Rabbi Jean E. Eglinton from the B’nai Sholom Congregation in Huntington
March immediately follows the service.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College

MLK Unity March
Jan. 16, 11 a.m.

Start march at First Baptist Church in Pikeville and conclude with a program at the Pikeville City Park. Pastor Justin Preston of the Blackmon Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Clincho, Va. will recite King’s “I have a dream” speech and Rev. Herbert T. Owens, a Pikeville native, from the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, will serve as the keynote speaker.

MLK Day Program
Jan.17, Noon
Gearheart Auditorium, Prestonsburg campus
Keynote speaker: Dr. Tom Matijasic, professor of history

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington Community Celebration
Jan. 16, 10 a.m. – Freedom march, 11 a.m. – Commemorative program
Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
Heritage Hall, Lexington Convention Center

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration
Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – doors open; 10 a.m. – program begins
Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry, Elizabethtown
Program theme: “Inequality anywhere is a threat to equality everywhere: America’s Tomorrow.”

Hazard Community and Technical College

Community Breakfast
Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church
March begins at 11 a.m.

Henderson Community College

Henderson Community College Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan. 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT
Henderson Community College Student Center (Joe’s Place)
Guest speaker: Rev. Bob Coons, Pastor of Zion United Church of Christ
Presented by Diversity Learning Community.

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Jan. 16
JCTC students participating at University of Louisville.

MLK ceremony
Feb. 24
Keynote speaker: Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, first African-American female to serve in the Kentucky legislature in 20 years. She is a JCTC alumnae.
Sponsored by Black Affairs Committee

Madisonville Community College

Hopkins County’s 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration: Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Empowering … the Dream
Jan.14, 4 p.m. CT – Doors open at 3 p.m. CT
Madisonville Community College Health Sciences Campus – Byrnes Auditorium/Hatley Building, 750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville
Keynote Speaker: Hilary O. Shelton, senior vice president for Policy & Advocacy, director, NAACP Washington Bureau, Washington, D.C. Shelton is the son-in-law of civil rights pioneer Ambassador Andrew Young. This year’s celebration also feature’s musical talent from across the region and scholarship presentations to two MCC students.

For more information, contact Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner Tim W. Thomas (270) 836-2281 or via email timwthomas58@yahoo.com.

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special presentation by Michael Lowery, participant in the 1963 March on Washington, D.C.
Jan. 18, 12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. CT
Room C90 John H. Gray Building, Madisonville Community College North Campus, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville
Event sponsored by the MCC Multicultural Student Association. Contact the MCC Office of Diversity Programs (270.824.8588) for more information.

Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville Area
MLK Jr. March and Program
Jan. 15
March: 2 p.m. Starting at Bethel Baptist Church and ending march at Scott United Methodist Church
Program: 3 p.m. Scott United Methodist Church, 4th Street, Maysville

Mount Sterling Area

MLK Jr. March and Program
Jan. 15
March: 3:45 p.m. Begins at Courthouse and ends at Evergreen Baptist Church
Program: 4:00 p.m. Evergreen Baptist Church, 304 S Queen St, Mt. Sterling

Cynthiana Area

MLK Jr. March and Program
Jan. 15
March: 10 a.m. Begins at Ebenezer UMC and end at Macedonia Baptist Church
Program: 11 a.m. Macedonia Baptist Church, 103 Pearl St., Cynthiana

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communitywide March and Celebration
Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. CT
Documentary and panel discussion “The Anatomy of Hate”
Taylor Lecture Hall at Brescia University

Brescia University

Jan. 16
8:45 a.m. CT – meet at Owensboro High School auditorium, march begins at 9 p.m.
10 a.m. – Celebration/program in Taylor Lecture Hall at Brescia University.
Keynote Speaker: Dion C. Jordan “Living the Dream”

Somerset Community College

Annual Somerset Community College Unity Breakfast
Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m.
Harold Rogers Student Commons, Citizens National Bank Community Room

808 Monticello Street, Somerset
Speaker: Ayokunle Odeleye, professional sculptor, arts educator and designer of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial
Reservations requested: Call Elaine Wilson, SCC Director for Cultural Diversity, at (606) 451-6915

Annual Lake Cumberland Area Dr. Martin Luther King Community Celebration

Jan 15, 2 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Somerset
Speaker: Reverend Richard N. Hughes, college minister for the St. Stephen Church in Louisville

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bowling Green

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 4 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Jan. 16, featuring the choirs, art, essays and dramatic readings of Warren County Public School Students, sponsored by the Equity Council of Warren County Public Schools. The event is at Warren Central High School, 559 Morgantown Road.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Educational Youth Event and Adult Forum, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (CT), Sunday, Jan. 17, Bowling Green Boys and Girls Club, 260 Scott Way, Bowling Green. The Adult Forum is also on Jan. 17 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 175 Graham Drive, across from Boys and Girls Club.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. (CT), Monday, Jan. 18, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School, 165 Webb Drive, Bowling Green. The guest speaker is Pierre Quinn, Cottage Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Tickets are $12.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March is at 10 a.m. (CT), Monday, Jan. 18, Warren County Courthouse, 1001 Center Street, Bowling Green,to State Street Baptist Church, 340 State Street, in Bowling Green, KY 42101. The MLK Jr. Main Program is at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, State Street Baptist Church, 340 State Street, Bowling Green. The guest speaker is Lorenzo Pierson, founder and CEO of Youth Empowerment Solutions. The Warren County Board of Education Essay and Arts contest winners will be announced during the program. Call 270.782.7900 or 270.843.6071 for information.

An Exhibit on South African President Nelson Mandela Reminder of South Africa, The Nancy Baird Collection through Jan. 31, Conscience of the Human Spirit, Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green. Call 270.745.0111 for information.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 87 Birthday Celebration, sponsored by the African American Heritage Center in Franklin, 3 p.m. (CT), Jan. 17, Franklin Community Church, 822 Blackjack Road, Franklin. Pastor Eric Walker is presiding. The guest speaker is Evangelist Nancy Uhls of the Elevated Missionary Baptist Church. There will be musical selections from the Franklin Community Church Praise Team. Call 615.319.6531 for information.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Community Diversity Breakfast
Jan. 14, 9 a.m.
Benham School House Inn
Guest speaker: Dr. Gerald L. Smith, professor, University of Kentucky
Cost: $9.95/person, open to the public
More information: Carolyn Sundy, 606.589.3052 or Deborah Hodge, 606.589.3063

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Prayer Breakfast
Jan. 14, 9 – 11:00 a.m. CT
Pastor Raynarldo Maurice Henderson
Washington Street Baptist Church 721 Washington Street, Paducah

The breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., from dreams to meaningful action, and to bring all races, faiths and backgrounds together to recommit to racial equality, dignity, peace and justice.

Cost: Free
Contact: Washington Street Baptist Church, info@washingtonstreetbaptist.org, (270) 442-8033

Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m.
Robert Cherry Civic Center 2701 Park Avenue, Paducah,
MLK March from Civic Center to the MLK Monument on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive begins at 10:00 a.m.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon serves as a time to honor and commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., an American pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Cost: Adults $20, Students $5

Contact: NAACP, (270) 519-2391 or (270) 443-5430

Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office

Employee Forum
Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Forde, chief diversity officer, special assistant to the executive vice president, and assistant professor, Eastern Kentucky University

From KCTCS Communications

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