Event Schedule

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and University of Kentucky will come together to once again co-sponsor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The 2021 events feature the traditional Freedom March at 10:00 a.m.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, there will be some changes to the traditional Freedom March procedures. We encourage the safe participation of individuals and community groups who have been such a critical part of the success of this march for many years.


Read this message from Mr. Terry Allen, march coordinator, for details on changes that have been made to maximize the health and safety of march participants.  


In lieu of the Commemorative Program held in Heritage Hall each year following the Freedom March, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Committee has partnered with Lexington-born filmmaker, Joan Brannon, to produce a documentary focusing on the African American quest for social justice from the Civil Rights era to our contemporary movement. Titled, “Fire and Heart: A Blueprint for Liberation,” the film will go live on the committees YouTube channel on Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. Following the debut screening on the committees YouTube page, the documentary will be screened across several area media platforms throughout January and February. 2021.