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Spalding University announces online professional development and training program in antiracism

Consistent with its mission of promoting peace and justice through education, Spalding University announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that it is launching an online training and professional development program in antiracism. Available nationally to individuals and groups from public-sector, corporate and nonprofit organizations, the range of half- and full-day online courses – collectively titled...

Murray State OMI to host Give Back Initiative on Jan. 20 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Murray State University’s Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) will host the Give Back Initiative on Jan. 20. The Give Back Initiative is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service component of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast celebration and is directed by OMI Executive Director Dr. SG Carthell. Murray State’s Office of Multicultural...

Lexington’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration called a catalyst for inspiration, hope

By Gail Hairston University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other community sponsors present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center. Actor, poet, singer, composer and author Daniel Beaty will serve as the keynote speaker on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Photo from...

First African-American extension agent to be honored at M. L. King Day celebration in Harrodsburg

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A century ago in Mercer County, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension welcomed its first African-American agriculture agent, Ananias Lorenzo Garvin. During this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, the county and UK Cooperative Extension will recognize his contributions throughout his long career as an educator. Garvin was hired as an emergency...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration shows civil rights leader’s impact still being felt today

“Building a New Movement for a New Generation” is the theme of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration Monday, Jan. 16, in Lexington. The annual celebration, coordinated by the University of Kentucky and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, offers various events that honor the memory and legacy of the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. Lisa Higgins-Hord,...

Billy Reed: King, Ali provided voices of both reason and revolution during turbulent times

From humble beginnings in the segregated South, they grew up to become the disparate voices of Black America in the 1960s, the dark and defining era when the nation was ripped asunder by two wars – one in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, the other in the streets and backroads of the Deep South. When Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville on Jan. 17, 1942, Martin Luther King Jr. was in Atlanta,...

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...

Kentucky African American Heritage Commission chair to lead Campbellsville’s MLK Day service

Dr. Gerald Smith, pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington and chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, will speak at Campbellsville University’s Martin Luther King Jr. chapel service Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville. Smith is an associate professor of African American history and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar-in-Residence...

Veteran actor, activist Danny Glover headlines speakers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lexington has a date with Danny Glover on Monday. The actor, director, producer, humanitarian and political activist will speak at Lexington’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. That’s not unusual for Glover; he often has a speaking engagement on that special day. “Every day of my life I walk with the idea I am black no matter how successful I am,” Glover has said. Lexington’s...

Second Episcopal District bishop Thomas featured speaker for Campbellsville’s MLK service

The Rev. Marvin Frank Thomas Sr., bishop of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the guest speaker at Campbellsville University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Worship Service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in Ransdell Chapel. Everyone is invited to the service, which is co-sponsored by Greater Campbellsville United. It is free to the public and...

In Their Own Words: Students reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream today

Kolbee Squire, an eighth-grader at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington, took first place and classmate Dorian Cleveland was runner-up in the middle school division of the statewide 2015 King Award essay contest. Also, Woodson seventh-grader Malcolm Murray was runner-up in the poetry competition.   This year’s theme was “In his Footsteps: the Dream Today.” The students were acknowledged...

In Their Words: Student essays reflect King’s legacy, explore creative ways to work together

Myles Murray, a sophomore at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington, won the high school division in the statewide 2014 King Award essay contest. The theme was “Opportunities to Rise: Building Bridges.”   In Fayette County’s contest, Leila Abou-Jaoude,an eighth-grader from SCAPA at Bluegrass, won the 2014 Unity Breakfast essay contest with her entry “United We Stand, Divided We Fall:...

Eighth-grader will share contest winning essay at 2013 Unity Breakfast honoring MLK

As part of the 2013 Unity Breakfast, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day program honoring the life and work of the civil right leader, Bryan Station eighth-grader Christopher Copley will read his contest-winning Unity essay at the Jan. 21 event.   As the winner of 2013 Unity Breakfast essay contest, focusing on the importance of people moving past differences to make the world a better place, Christopher...