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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration

Join us on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center for a FREE EVENT celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday celebration will begin with a Freedom March at 10 a.m. followed by the Commemorative Program at 11 a.m. in Heritage Hall.

The keynote speaker for the 2017 MLK Holiday Program will be the minister and civil rights advocate, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. Dr. Moss is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill. He has spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum; which includes the viral video “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police. 

To view the full biographical sketch for Rev. Moss, click here

Click here to download the digital event flyer. 


Committed, an a cappella group composed of six male vocalists from Huntsville, Alabama, will serve as the cultural artist this year. Click here for more information on Committed. 

There will be a showing of Race - The Jesse Owens Story at the Kentucky Theater, located at 214 East Main Street at 2:30 p.m. courtesy of One World Films. The film showing is free and open to the public. To view the official trailer for Race, click here

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Rupp Arena in Lexington at 2 p.m. for a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day game during their 2017 World Tour

A $10 off discount on tickets ranging from $25.50 - $74.50 are available for all MLK Event participants.  

Click here to purchase tickets and enter the password KING, visit the Rupp Arena box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. 

New this season, for the first time ever, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line.

During their 2017 World Tour, the famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy LoftonAnt AtkinsonHi-Lite BrutonThunder LawBull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm– plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson*– the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.