The celebration gets
underway at 7:30 a.m. with the ninth annual Unity
Breakfast, sponsored by the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The annual Freedom
March will begin at 10 a.m. from the Lexington Center.
The holiday program will follow at 11 a.m. in Heritage
Hall with Taylor as the keynote speaker.
Ky. (Dec. 20, 2002) -- Susan L. Taylor, senior vice president of
Essence Communications and editorial director of Essence
magazine, will be this year's speaker at the annual
Martin Luther King Jr. Day program Monday, Jan. 20,
2003, at Heritage Hall in downtown Lexington.
The celebration gets underway at 7:30 a.m. with the
ninth annual Unity Breakfast, sponsored by the Alpha
Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Inc. The annual Freedom March will begin at 10 a.m.
from the Lexington Center.
The holiday program, co-sponsored by the University
of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Government, will follow at 11 a.m. in Heritage Hall
with Taylor as the keynote speaker. Churches and businesses
help support the annual event.
Taylor, a fourth-generation entrepreneur, founded
her own company, Nequai Cosmetics, which led to a
part-time appointment as a freelance beauty editor
at Essence at the age of 24. She subsequently moved
up to editor-in-chief, a post she held for 19 years
before becoming editorial director in 2000.
Taylor oversees all editorial operations of the magazine
and writes the popular "In the Spirit" column
each month. She has helped make Essence the largest
and most highly regarded magazine for African-American
women in the world with eight million readers each
month. She was the first African-American woman to
win the Henry Johnson Fisher Award for lifetime achievement
in the magazine industry in 1999, and in 2002, she
was inducted into the American Society of Magazine
Editors' Hall of Fame.
Taylor is the author of three books: "In the
Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor," "Lessons in Living," and "Confirmation:
The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives."
The breakfast will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
in the Patterson Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Lexington. Speakers during the breakfast include UK
President Lee T. Todd Jr., Fayette District Court
Judge Pamela Goodwine, UK men's basketball Coach Tubby
Smith, Eastern Kentucky University President Joanne
Glasser, and the Rev. Kelly Flood.
Tickets for the breakfast are $15 per person. Reserved
tables of 10 may be purchased for $150 each. To purchase
tickets or for more information, call (859) 263-8819.
If special accommodations are needed by attendees
of the march or program, please contact Terry Allen
at (859) 257-8927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.