News and Local Coverage of the MLK Holiday Celebration
In the place of a traditional commemorative program held in Heritage Hall, the Committee partnered with Lexington born film maker, Joan Brannon to create the documentary, Fire and Heart: A Blueprint for Liberation. The documentary examines racial justice and healing discourse for Black people in Kentucky and includes clips from past MLK Lexington celebrations. It invites the voices of activists and community members currently involved in the movement to share their experiences with direct action, protest, and to discuss the need for healing from racial trauma within the Black community. Featured storytellers are: Jecorey Arthur, Hannah Drake, Chester Grundy, Ann Beard Grundy, Keturah Herron, LeTonia Jones, Sadiqa Reynolds, and Sarah Williams. Additional creators of the film include, LaShelle Allen (music) and Nzingha-Beverley Sweeney-Sheppard (visual art).
On January 20, 2020 the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Program Committee celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosting our traditional Freedom March and the commemorative holiday program. This powerhouse celebration featured a keynote address entitled "The Fierce Urgency of NOW!" by Reverend Delman L. Coates, PhD, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD, and musical performance by the brilliant singer/composer DONNIE with his sextet of musicians featuring our own Rae'Shawna Campbell, Cole Campbell, Courtney Campbell, Kenneth Payne, Christopher Phillips, and Shon Willis. Following the program, there was a free showing of The Green Book at the Kentucky.
Celebrations around Kentucky honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Day Celebration to Feature Anti-racism Writer, Educator Tim Wise
MLK Holiday Celebration Features Rev. Otis Moss III, Annual March Jan. 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events
Snapped: MLK Day Freedom March
Danny Glover to Speak at City's King Celebration
Danny Glover says his Lexington speech will frame King’s legacy amid today’s issues
Actor Danny Glover Speaking At King Day Event In Lexington
Lexington’s MLK Day to Feature Danny Glover
Merlene Davis: It takes courage, on MLK Day and every day, to make the world better
Lexington Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.
Annual MLK march held in downtown Lexington
Kentucky Celebrates King's Legacy
Tom Eblen: Founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock brings love of song, social change, to MLK Day celebration
Jeff Johnson to Address MLK Day Crowd
'UK at the Half' Highlights Upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Tom Eblen: MLK Day speaker says we can learn from King's leadership
Other coverage on the National Day of Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Celebration activities:
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2015: Keynote Speaker, Mrs. Susan L. Taylor
2014: Keynote speaker, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
2013: Keynote speaker, Mr. Jeff Johnson
2012: Keynote speaker, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
2011: Daniel Beaty
2010: Dr. Julianne Malveaux
2009: The American Spiritual Ensemble
2008: Keynote speaker, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
2005: Comments by, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, Provost, University of Kentucky
2005: Cultural Presentations: River City Drum Corps
2005: Keynote speaker, Terrie Williams, part 2
2005: Keynote speaker, Terrie Williams, part 1
2004: Keynote speaker, Ron Dellums
2003: Keynote speaker, Susan L. Taylor
2002: Keynote speaker, Mr. Ossie Davis
2000: Keynote speaker, Dr. Na'im Akbar
2000: Opening Theme by "Three Sisters"