Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson
Vice President for
On January 19, 1987, the official opening ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center [MLKCC] took place on the University of Kentucky campus. With a capacity audience made up of faculty, staff, students as well as many community representatives, Dr. Frank Hale, Vice-Provost of Minority Affairs at The Ohio State University, gave the keynote message “Serving ALL Of Our Students: The Case for an African American Cultural Center at the University of Kentucky”. Under the leadership of its first program coordinator, Frank X. Walker and the director of the Office of African American Student Affairs, Chester Grundy, the center became a home away from home to many African American students at the University of Kentucky. Today, the King Cultural Center has become the home to many traditionally under-represented groups exemplifying the highest ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.