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Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission seeks nominations, submissions for 2020 MLK Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. Nominations are sought for the 2020 Leadership Award as well as submissions from students displaying artistic expression in essays, visual artwork and poems. The Leadership Award recognizes community leaders whose actions demonstrate distinguished service in promoting Dr. King’s ideals...

Beth Underwood: Forever grateful that high school drama team brought Dr. King’s speech to life

As you know, Monday marked this year’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday — and whenever I think about Dr. King, I’m reminded of my high school days. When I was in high school, I was an active member of the Speech and Drama Team. For reasons that escape me, my freshman year strong suit was Analysis of Public Address or APA. I’m guessing the other slots — the fun speech and...

Aaron Thompson: Setbacks are inevitable, but on this Martin Luther King Day, let us celebrate progress

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would have just celebrated his 90th birthday. Inevitably, I find myself wondering how Dr. King would rate America’s progress in achieving social and racial justice. The election of our first black president in 2008 was a watershed event that reminded us of just how far we’ve come since the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which abolished Jim Crow laws that...

Hundreds march in Frankfort to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on anniversary of his assassination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians honored the late Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, rallying on the same spot where the civil rights leader led a civil rights march in 1964. “They marched for justice and equality, for equal protection under just laws,” said Crystal DeGregory, a professor at nearby Kentucky State University. “They marched for...

Three historic Kentucky locations included on U.S. Civil Rights Trail launching on Martin Luther King Day

Visitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other African American activists, thanks to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that launches on King’s birthday. For the first time, Southern tourism departments have worked together to link the country’s most important civil rights sites – more than 130 landmarks, including museums,...

Activities scheduled around Lexington as city celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

By Kathy Johnson Special to KyForward The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will be celebrated by thousands in Lexington Monday with a march and a special program among a number of activities planned for the day. Lexington’s annual celebration and commemoration of King’s life will begin with the Freedom March through downtown at 10 a.m. (line up begins 9 a.m. at Lexington Center’s Heritage...

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. Commission seeks nominations, student submissions for 2018 Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, part of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, is seeking nominations for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. awards. Nominations are being sought for the 2018 Adult and Youth Leadership Award as well as submissions from students in the area of artistic expression in essays, visual artwork and poems. The prestigious Leadership Award recognizes...

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law to mark 50th anniversary of MLK visit to campus

The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to the school with a free, public celebration March 30. The noon – 1:30 p.m. event in Room 275 at the law school will feature a speaker panel including Stephen Porter, a 1968 law school graduate who invited King to speak at UofL in 1967. Porter, a local attorney, will share...

Commentary: Struggle fueled by Martin Luther King’s ideals continues — and applies more broadly

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward Race relations in many of our cities may be their poorest since the late 1960’s, but Monday we celebrated the courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to restoring racial equality under the law. Dr. King, who navigated an even tougher political environment, invested much of his life to restore the basic dignity of black men and women...

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,...

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...

U of L marks legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with public events, day of service

A tour of Louisville-area civil rights sites, a movie and a day of service are some of the ways the University of Louisville will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a week of free, public events Jan. 13-20. Most events are sponsored by the Cultural Center, 120 E. Brandeis Ave., and aimed at educating the community about King’s ideals of social justice, nonviolence, education and service....

Moss III featured speaker at Lexington celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16

Rev. Otis Moss III will be keynote speaker and the a cappella group Committed will be the featured musical guest at Lexington’s annual celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan 16, 2017. Rev. Otis Moss III The event will begin with a Freedom March at 10 a.m. starting at the Lexington Convention Center, followed at 11 a.m. by the Commemorative Program in Heritage Hall. Moss...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission now accepting nominations for MLK Leadership Award

In honor of MLK Day, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will recognize adult and youth leaders in the state who embody Dr. King’s life and work. This esteemed award will be presented in Frankfort on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The recipients will be recognized and presented with a plaque to memorialize this honored event. A reception will follow with family, friends and dignitaries. If you know...

UK College of Law Symposium commemorates 50th anniversary of Kentucky Civil Rights Act

The Kentucky Civil Rights Act was signed into law on Jan. 27, 1966. Fifty years later, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, the University of Kentucky College of Law and Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will commemorate the anniversary with a one-day law symposium. The symposium, taking place at the Law Building, will consist of speakers and panelists including Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, judges, lawyers...

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...

Robert Treadway: Story of Will Lockett reminds us of MLK’s greatest contribution

“Come here, I want to show you something,” the senior partner in my old law firm said. We were walking toward the Old Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington. At the time, it was still the courthouse, and we went there nearly every day. But today he wanted to talk. He walked around the side of the building to the right as one faces the big front steps and showed me a chip in the concrete...

Tom Block: Meeting John Lewis shows how far we've come, how far we still have to go

Louisville is the home of the Kentucky Authors Forum, an organization that brings leading authors together for an evening of discussion. The usual format is to have the author interviewed, in a living room setting by an interesting person, with questions from the audience at the end. Last week the guest author was U.S. Congressman John Lewis who has written March, the first volume of a trilogy of...

Robert Treadway: McCann was witness
to poor peoples’ March on Washington

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s March on Washington, which in that hot summer of 1963 saw thousands of protestors of all races congregate in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., to protest racial injustice and to hear Dr. Martin Luther King tell them about his dream for America. In February of 2012, during Black History Month, I wrote a three part profile...