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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.
Michael “Big Mike” Johnson, Chair, LexingtonKirby Bennett, MaysvillePamela Sue Dimmerman, CrestviewWaymen Eddings, LouisvilleJohn Quincy Johnson, LouisvilleJim Douglas Karibo, LouisvilleNatasha Murray, LexingtonShannon Lynn Ramsey, NicholasvilleKevin Russell, RadcliffYvette Monique Smith, FrankfortMelvin L. Turner, LouisvilleWanda E. Washington, CampbellsvilleTiffany Nneka Yeast, Harrodsburg