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Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission


The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission is composed of members appointed by the Governor from diverse backgrounds in Kentucky life, including individuals associated with labor, industry, commerce, government, civil rights, education, youth organizations, sports, fine arts, and entertainment.

The Commission’s mission is to:

  • Promote the annual MLK holiday each January as an occasion to reflect upon the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change as espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities relating to the MLK holiday.

  • Promote community service in honor of the principles taught by Dr. King.

  • Provide advice and assistance to local governments and private organizations with respect to observance of the holiday.

  • Promote the holiday for interracial cooperation and youth antiviolence initiatives.

  • Whereas, we honor this mortal man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who made the ultimate sacrifice; therefore, it is the Commission’s intention to promote unity, equality and justice for all people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States and the world.

Commission Members

Michael Johnson, Lexington, Chair
Kevin Russell, Radcliff, Vice Chair
Pamela S. Dimmerman, Crestview Hills
Waymen Eddings, Louisville
John Q. Johnson, Louisville
Natasha Murray, Lexington
Shannon L. Ramsey, Nicholasville
Vincent Rivera, Lexington
Yvette M. Smith, Frankfort
Isaah Stovall, Lexington
Melvin L. Turner, Louisville
Wanda Washington, Campbellsville
Tiffany N. Yeast, Harrodsburg

MLK Jr. State Commission Upcoming 2020 Meetings

The next meeting of the Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission will take place Monday, August 17 by video teleconference, with board members participating from remote locations. The meeting is open to the public and may be accessed via Chime. Meeting details to be announced, please check back