The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has shared a list of upcoming events to commemorate 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 16, some of which will involve members of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, a board appointed by the Governor and administered by KHC.
According to the commission, other communities may also be hosting events not listed here, so constituents are advised to check local event calendars as well. All times listed here are local.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., will be the Annual Ashland-Boyd County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March, Service and Lunch at St. James AME Church, 333 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Ashland, Ky., 41101.
On Monday, Jan. 16, there will be a Martin Luther King Day Lunch at First Presbyterian Church located at 1600 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, Ky., 41101. For more information, contact Carol Jackson, president, NAACP of Boyd and Greenup Counties, at 606.923.9544.
Berea College and the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education will host a full day of events starting at 9:30 a.m. and including a march, music and guest speakers, and a keynote lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, “We've Come this Far by Faith: A Conversation on Race, Religion, and Remembrance.” Click to download the flyer [PDF-146KB]
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Benham School House Inn will host a Community Diversity Breakfast featuring Dr. Gerald Smith, Ph.D, chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. Click to download the flyer [PDF-405KB]
On Wednesday Jan. 11, at 6 p.m., at Youth Night Activities, will be “A Night with The King: Making History Matter,” at the 11th Street Baptist Church located at 1035 Kenton Street in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be Carla Rodgers Brown.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Warren County Public Schools, will be the Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. There will also be music and Essay and Art contests. The event will be at Warren Central High School located at 559 Morgantown Road in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. Call for more information at 270.781.5150.
On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Night Celebration Presentation on Emmett Till. The guest speaker will be Dorothy Jarrett, the Middle School Principal from Norcross, Ga., and a family relative of the late Emmet Till. The event will be at the Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School located at 165 Webb Drive in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 a.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Memorial Breakfast at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School located at 165 Webb Drive in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be John C. Lee Jr., who is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bowling Green.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March. It will begin at the Warren County Justice Center located at 1001 Center Street in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The march will end at State Street Baptist Church located at 340 State Street.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration at State Street Baptist Church located at 340 State Street in Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. The guest speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith of the University of Kentucky.
Click to download a flyer [PDF-210KB] listing Bowling Green events
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., at Campbellsville University, will be the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Service. It will be held at the Ransdell Chapel, which is located at 1 University Drive, in Campbellsville, Ky., 42718. The featured speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith, Ph.D, chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. Download the press release [Word-109KB] and a photo of Dr. Smith [JPEG-174KB], or call 270.789.5000 for more information.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Church of Our Savior, 246 East 10th St., Covington, Ky., 41011. For more information, contact Sister Janet Bucher at 859.491.5872.
The Annual Northern Kentucky Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March will be a t1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd. and Pike Street, Covington, Ky., 41001. For more information, call 859.866.2637.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m., will be the Annual Northern Kentucky Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Program. It will be at the Life Learning Center, which is located at 20 West 18th Street, in Covington, Ky., 41011. For more Information, call 859.866.2627.
On Monday, Jan. 16, will be the Cynthiana – Harrison County NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Program. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church located at 205 North Locust Street, in Cynthiana, Ky., 41031. The program will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church following the march. The church is located at 103 East Pearl Street in Cynthia. For information, call Rev. Kenneth Newby at 859.707.1599.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., will be a musical performance by René Marie and Experiment in Truth, at the Norton Center, which is located at 600 W Walnut St, in Danville, Ky., 40422. The singer is known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness. The event presents a distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel. Admission is from $38 to $49. Call the center at 859.236.4692 or visit the website at http://usa-eventer.com/event/rene-marie-experiment-in-truth-at-the-norton-center-danville-ky
On Monday, Jan. 17, at 12 Noon, will be The Downtown Danville March, First Baptist Church, 200 West Walnut Street, Danville, Ky., 40422. At 2 p.m. is a program and MLK Jr. Service at the First Baptist Church. For more Information, contact President Marvin Swann of the Danville-Boyle County NAACP at 859.236.5193.
On Monday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., will be the Resilience of Memory, a presentation by Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams, at the Norton Center for The Arts, in the Newlin Hall of Centre College, located at 600 West Walnut Street, in Danville, Ky., 40422.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., will be the Founders Day Presentation by Frank X. Walker who was the first African American Poet Laureate of Kentucky. The event will be held at the Norton Center for the Arts in Newlin Hall of Centre College, 600 West Walnut Street, in Danville, Ky., 40422.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m., will be the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Awards Program. It will be held at the Clark Historical Society Center located at 100 West Broadway Street, in Frankfort, Ky., 40601. For more information, contact the Governor’s Office of Women and Minority Empowerment at 502.564.2611.
On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. It will be held at the Elevated Missionary Baptist Church located at 306 Bell Street in Franklin, Ky., 42134. The keynote speaker will be Pastor Brian Hogg of Alpha Baptist Church in Franklin. Music will be performed by the Alpha Vessels of Praise Youth Choir. For more information call the African American Heritage Center of Franklin at 615. 319-6531.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., will be the Fourth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Conference Center located at 317 East Main Street, in Georgetown, Ky., 40324. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. The event is hosted by the Georgetown-Scott County NAACP. For more information, contact Byron Moran at 859.338.9897.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Day March. It will begin at the Georgetown College Ed David Learning Center, which is located at 151 Ed Davis Lane, in Georgetown, Ky., 40324. Beforehand at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Derek King, a nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be present to greet those in the community. The march will also end at the Ed Davis Learning Center. There will be a program at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown Baptist Church, which is located at 207 South Hamilton Street. The speaker is Dr. Derek King of Indianapolis, Ind. The vocalist, former Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis will perform. A reception with refreshments will be held at 6 p.m. The events are sponsored by the local NAACP, the City of Georgetown, and Scott County.
11th Annual MLK Day Event, "Dream. Believe. Become." All events are on Monday, Jan. 16: 8 a.m. (FREE pancake breakfast); 9 a.m. (Commemorative March); 9:30 a.m. (Special Program). The events will be at Harrodsburg Intermediate School, 443 East Lexington Street, Harrodsburg, Ky., 40330. Donations will be accepted at the breakfast and will benefit Mercer Transformation (the organization managing the old Harrodsburg High School campus on Lexington St.) FREE pink t-shirts will be given to the first 200 attendees in honor of cancer awareness this year. Contests for the t-shirt design, essay and banner are open to everyone. More information, call Mercer County Extension Office at 859.734.4378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Friday, Jan. 13 to Tuesday, February 14, at the Transylvania University Morlan Gallery, from noon to 5 p.m., daily, will be an exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell the story of the United States through visual and written culture. Affrilachia embraces a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia home or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of this region. (It will be closed Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.) Also see the exhibit by special appointment. Admission is free. http://www.transy.edu/about/arts/morlan/exhibitions
On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11:30 a.m., will be the 12th Annual Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Awards Luncheon. The event will be at 1801 Newtown Pike, Embassy Suites Lexington. The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will host the event. The award, named for civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, widow of the late Rev. Dr. King Jr., will recognize Lexington area women who have and continue to exemplify the spirit of the ivy—strength and endurance—in facing and overcoming obstacles. The keynote speaker will be Judge Pamela Goodwine.
On Monday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., is the 23rd Annual Unity Breakfast. The event will be held at the Lexington Convention Center. The breakfast initiates the King Day commemoration and is presented to honor Dr. King, his work, his dream and his legacy. Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Commissioner D. Anthony Everett is the 2017 Unity Breakfast chair. For information and tickets, visit https://www.evensi.us/23rd-annual-unity-breakfast-lexington-convention-center/188523486
On Monday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be The Lexington Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Lexington will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its fourth annual family-friendly day of volunteer activities supporting the underserved. “It's amazing what a community can do!” http://www.lexingtonmlk.org/
The Martin Luther King Holiday Freedom March, will begin at Lexington Center Heritage Hall 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16. Line-up begins at 9 a.m. in the corridor on the Main Street side. Visit for more details the website, http://www.uky.edu/mlk/content/how-participate
Late Night and the Martin Luther King Center present Fruitvale Station, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Memorial Hall MEH Lobby. Contact: Zach Lamb or email@example.com. Group: Student Center Director's Office. Visit http://calendar.uky.edu/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=43428
From Friday, Jan. 13 to Friday, Jan. 20, the University of Louisville Cultural Center will present a week-long series of events to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These will be held to provide information for the Louisville campus and community on the importance of actualizing Dr. King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service. For more information, visit the website at https://louisville.edu/culturalcenter/programs/mlkweek
On Monday, Jan. 16, will be The PRIDE Martin Luther King Jr. Motorcade. The motorcade will assemble at 10:30 a.m. at McDonalds at 28th and Broadway. It will end with a service at Hughlett Temple located at 2115 W. Jefferson St., in Louisville, Ky., 40212. Call (502) 772-7902 for more information. PRIDE is an acronym for the organization begun by Louisville civil rights activist George Burney, the People’s Rights in Demanding Equality Inc.
On Jan. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be the Martin Luther King Day of Service. It will start at the University of Louisville Student Activities Center (SAC) Multi-Purpose Room. “Become part of the UofL community in making it a "day on, not a day off." Students will be transported to various service locations around the city. Visit the website at http://louisville.edu/studentactivities/service-opportunities/mlk-day-of-service. Or, contact Brittany Barnes at 502.852.3754 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, Jan. 14, will be the Louisville Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast Celebration. It will be at 9:30 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel in the Coronet Ballroom. The hotel is located at 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Ky., 40209. The keynote speaker will be State Representative Attica Scott. Tickets are a $40 donation.
On Friday, Jan. 13, is the Louisville Bus Civil Rights Tour, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It begins at the University of Louisville Cultural Center located at 120 East Brandeis Street, in Louisville, Ky., 40292. Call 502.852.6656 for information. The City of Louisville was an active site during the Civil Rights Movement. Join this free bus tour to explore the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail. Register online at https://orgsync.com/87983/forms/232309
On Monday, Jan. 16, will be The Martin Luther King Day of Service will begin at Shelby Park located 600 East Oak Street in Louisville. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Help make our community parks extraordinary and make it “A Day On, Not a Day Off!” http://www.olmstedparks.org/events/
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m., will be the Women in the Movement Discussion with Dr. Kaila Story, at the University of Louisville Cultural Center located at 1120 East Brandeis Street in Louisville, Ky., 40292. Call 502.852.6656 for more information. Learn more about the many women who played important roles in the Civil Rights Movement, from leading local civil rights organizations to serving as lawyers on school segregation lawsuits.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. will be a movie viewing & discussion of the “Children of the Civil Rights Movement”. It will be held in the Chao Auditorium of the Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville. The library is located at 2301 South Third Street in Louisville, Ky., 40292. For more information, call 502.852.6757. Take a step back in time to a group of children’s six-year odyssey to freedom before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. .
On Friday, Jan. 20, from 12 Noon to 2 p.m., will be a Martin Luther King Wall Signing at the University of Louisville Cultural Center located at 120 East Brandeis Street, Louisville, Ky., 40292. Gather for lunch in the Cultural Center and sign the commemorative MLK Wall with messages of love, inclusion and hope for equality for all. For more information, contact Dominique McShan at email@example.com.
On Monday, Jan. 16, will be a Martin Luther King Day film screening of “I Have a Dream.” It will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Jan. 16. The first screening is at 10 a.m., and will take place hourly thereafter. A panel discussion, “Continuing the Dream, Living the Legacy” will follow the 11 a.m. showing. Members of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students will have a discussion on how young people are continuing the work of Dr. King and Muhammad Ali in the community. The speech by the late Dr. King is considered one of the most powerful and significant speeches in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. For more information, visit the website at http://alicenter.org/calendar/
On Saturday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., is the Hopkins County 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. It will be held at the Byrnes Auditorium located at 750 Laffoon Street, in Madisonville, Ky. The event will honor the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader with an evening of special guest performances. The keynote speaker is Hilary O. Shelton, who serves as senior vice-president for Policy and Advocacy and director to the NAACP Washington Bureau. Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner Timothy Thomas is organizer of the event Call him at 270.836.2281 for more information. Also, visit the website at https://www.evensi.us/hopkins-countys-33rd-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/192253466
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. will be the Annual Northern Kentucky NAACP MLK Jr. Luncheon at the Syndicate Event Center, which is located at 18 East Fifth St., in Newport, Ky., 41071. For more information, call 859.442.7476.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College in conjunction with the city of Pikeville will also hold a Martin Luther King Holiday event, a solidarity march on Monday, January 16th beginning at 11 a.m. (local time). Click to download the flyer [PDF-734KB] for more information.
On Monday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m., will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast. It will be held at the First Christian Church, which is located at 412 West Main Street, in Richmond, Ky., 40475. Admission is free. The guest speaker is Dr. Aaron Thompson, interim president of Kentucky State University. For more information, call 859.623.1000 at City Hall or call 859.248.5564 or visit the website at Humanrights@richmond.ky.us The event is sponsored and by supported by the Richmond Human Rights Commission and Eastern Kentucky University.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 a.m., will be the King Legacy Breakfast and Awards Program. It will be held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way in Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. Tickets are $35 per person. Seating is limited. Call 513.333.7606 for information.
On Monday, Jan. 116, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be the Annual MLK Cincinnati Coalition Fountain Square Commemorative March and Interfaith Service. The march will begin at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located at 50 East Freedom Way, in Cincinnati and end the Fountain Square located at Fifth and Vine Streets in Cincinnati.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m., will be the Annual MLK Cincinnati Coalition MLK Commemorative Celebration at the Taft Theatre located at 317 East Fifth Street in Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. For more information, call 513.232.6220.
Thanks to our partner Liberty Hall Historic Site and all the other sponsors and presenting organizations who made our Preservation Trailblazers event Oct. 14 such a success! Great to see so many old friends and preservation supporters gathered in downtown Frankfort to celebrate the 50th anniversary of KHC and the National Historic Preservation Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966.
Co-sponsored by KHC and Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS), special thanks go to the Trailblazer Sponsor, the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, and Landmark Sponsors, The Kentucky Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation. The event is also presented in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Preservation Kentucky, Kentucky Main Street Program, Kentucky Division of Historic Properties, University of Kentucky College of Design Historic Preservation Program, Preservation Louisville, Passport Radio, Downtown Frankfort, Inc. Main Street, Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation, Frankfort Transit and Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.
Thanks especially to all of our speakers, including our esteemed Preservation Trailblazers panelists: David Morgan, retired long-time state historic preservation officer; Steve Collins, KHC chair; Edie Bingham of Louisville, an advocate for preservation and education at the forefront of several important preservation milestones; Chuck Parrish, first KHC staffer and retired historian with the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Dick DeCamp, first executive director of the Blue Grass Trust and head of Lexington’s first historic commission; Betty Dobson, grassroots preservationist whose efforts helped save Paducah’s Hotel Metropolitan; Keith Runyon, Metro Louisville Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force co-chair and Preservation Louisville spokesman, representing Christy Brown; Jim Thomas, long-time executive director of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill; Barbara Hulette of Danville, a tireless advocate and fundraiser; Dr. Alicestyne Turley, director of the Carter G. Woodson Center and Assistant Professor of African and African American studies at Berea College; David Cartmell, Maysville mayor; Nash Cox of Frankfort, local historian and past president of LHHS; Dr. John Kleber, historian and editor of the “Kentucky Encyclopedia,” among others; and Dr. Patrick Snadon, associate professor of architecture and interior design at the University of Cincinnati and co-author of “The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe.”
We had a wonderful day and hope you did too! This celebration was a positive way to reenergize the historic preservation movement and get everyone excited as we head into the next 50 years of championing historic preservation throughout the Commonwealth.
2016: The National Historic Preservation Act turns 50!
Passed in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act was landmark legislation that came about as a response to destructive urban “renewal” policies and the widespread construction of interstate highways cutting swaths through the American landscape. The NHPA established a leadership role for the federal government to protect and preserve our nation’s historic buildings and paved the way for the establishment of state historic preservation offices, including KHC.
So what was going on in 1966? "Bonanza" was the most popular show on television, "Thunderball" with Sean Connery as James Bond was the most popular movie, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was the most popular song, and transistor radios were what passed for high-tech listening devices.
Mass-produced housing was booming, the construction of interstate highways was cutting swaths of destruction through the American landscape, and historic buildings and neighborhoods were being leveled in cities across the country as urban "renewal" policies were implemented in an effort to address blight and suburban flight.
The wholesale loss of these historic resources sparked a grassroots effort among citizens to seek a new and more comprehensive approach to preservation. In 1965, a special committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House and several members of Congress produced a report and plan of action, ""With Heritage So Rich."
This report laid the foundation for federal government intervention, and the National Historic Preservation Act was passed into law and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. For the first time, federal law defined a comprehensive government role in preservation policy, leadership and program responsibility, and also provided a federal-state framework by creating a means for state historic preservation offices to be established to help implement this policy.
The legislation also established the Section 106 process requiring federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties; created the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency to advise the President and Congress; and set up the National Register of Historic Places. Later amendments extended this framework through the Certified Local Government Program, which encourages local governments to seek designation in order to more effectively address historic preservation and planning.
The Kentucky Heritage Commission was created by the state legislature not long after, and in the 1980s the name was changed to the Kentucky Heritage Council. It is not an understatement to say that our Commonwealth would look very different today without the work of this agency.
It's funny to consider that in 1971, the first statewide survey of "historic" sites in Kentucky was completed, consisting of a mere 1,951 buildings - mostly the high-style architecture that one would expect. Today we are approaching a database of nearly 100,000 surveyed historic sites, including archaeological deposits, places associated with Kentucky's African American and Native American heritage, battlefields, schools, churches, rural hamlets, houses of every type, and historic downtowns in communities of all sizes - among many other diverse resources.
As an agency, the Kentucky Heritage Council has a lot to celebrate in 2016. Watch here for frequent updates about upcoming events and highlighting successful initiatives.
The National Park Service has created Preservation 50 , a campaign to promote the anniversary and events going on in various states throughout next year. Visit www.preservation50.org  for more and also to download a prospectus about what you can do to commemorate and bring attention to this important anniversary in your own community.