Jan 9, 2017

Versailles, Ky. – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) colleges and System Office will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., day by sponsoring or participating in events across the state.


Below is a complete listing of all the events KCTCS colleges are hosting or participating in to honor King.


Ashland Community and Technical College     

ACTC and Boyd and Greenup County NAACP MLK, Jr. Day Celebration
Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Transportation Center on 15th St., Ashland

 Guest speaker: Rabbi Jean E. Eglinton from the B’nai Sholom Congregation in Huntington
 March immediately follows the service.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College 

MLK Unity March

Jan. 16, 11 a.m.

Start march at First Baptist Church in Pikeville and conclude with a program at the Pikeville City Park. Pastor Justin Preston of the Blackmon Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Clincho, Va. will recite King’s “I have a dream” speech and Rev. Herbert T. Owens, a Pikeville native, from the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, will serve as the keynote speaker.


MLK Day Program

Jan.17, Noon

Gearheart Auditorium, Prestonsburg campus

Keynote speaker: Dr. Tom Matijasic, professor of history


Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington Community Celebration

Jan. 16, 10 a.m. -  Freedom march, 11 a.m. – Commemorative program
Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Heritage Hall, Lexington Convention Center


Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration

Jan. 16, 9 a.m. - doors open; 10 a.m. - program begins

Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry, Elizabethtown

Program theme:  "Inequality anywhere is a threat to equality everywhere: America's Tomorrow.”


Hazard Community and Technical College 

Community Breakfast

Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church

March begins at 11 a.m.


Henderson Community College  

Henderson Community College Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Henderson Community College Student Center (Joe’s Place)

Guest speaker: Rev. Bob Coons, Pastor of Zion United Church of Christ
Presented by Diversity Learning Community.


Jefferson Community and Technical College 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Jan. 16
JCTC students participating at University of Louisville.


MLK ceremony

Feb. 24

Keynote speaker: Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, first African-American female to serve in the Kentucky legislature in 20 years. She is a JCTC alumnae.

Sponsored by Black Affairs Committee


Madisonville Community College 

Hopkins County’s 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration:  Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Empowering ... the Dream

Jan.14, 4 p.m. CT – Doors open at 3 p.m. CT

Madisonville Community College Health Sciences Campus - Byrnes Auditorium/Hatley Building, 750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville

Keynote Speaker: Hilary O. Shelton, senior vice president for Policy & Advocacy, director, NAACP Washington Bureau, Washington, D.C.  Shelton is the son-in-law of civil rights pioneer Ambassador Andrew Young. This year’s celebration also feature’s musical talent from across the region and scholarship presentations to two MCC students.

For more information, contact Kentucky Human Rights Commissioner Tim W. Thomas (270) 836-2281 or via email timwthomas58@yahoo.com.


Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special presentation by Michael Lowery, participant in the 1963 March on Washington, D.C.

Jan. 18, 12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. CT

Room C90 John H. Gray Building, Madisonville Community College North Campus, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville

Event sponsored by the MCC Multicultural Student Association. Contact the MCC Office of Diversity Programs (270.824.8588) for more information.


Maysville Community and Technical College 

Maysville Area    

MLK Jr. March and Program    

Jan. 15              

March:  2 p.m. Starting at Bethel Baptist Church and ending march at Scott United Methodist Church                   

Program: 3 p.m. Scott United Methodist Church, 4th Street, Maysville


Mount Sterling Area 

MLK Jr. March and Program

Jan. 15

March:  3:45 p.m.  Begins at Courthouse and ends at Evergreen Baptist Church

Program:  4:00 p.m. Evergreen Baptist Church, 304 S Queen St, Mt. Sterling


Cynthiana Area   

MLK Jr. March and Program

Jan. 15

March: 10 a.m. Begins at Ebenezer UMC and end at Macedonia Baptist Church

Program: 11 a.m. Macedonia Baptist Church, 103 Pearl St., Cynthiana


Owensboro Community and Technical College 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communitywide March and Celebration

Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. CT

Documentary and panel discussion “The Anatomy of Hate”

Taylor Lecture Hall at Brescia University


Brescia University

Jan. 16

8:45 a.m. CT – meet at Owensboro High School auditorium, march begins at 9 p.m. 

10 a.m. – Celebration/program in Taylor Lecture Hall at Brescia University.

 Keynote Speaker: Dion C. Jordan “Living the Dream”


Somerset Community College 

Annual Somerset Community College Unity Breakfast

Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m.

Harold Rogers Student Commons, Citizens National Bank Community Room

808 Monticello Street, Somerset

Speaker: Ayokunle Odeleye, professional sculptor, arts educator and designer of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial

Reservations requested: Call Elaine Wilson, SCC Director for Cultural Diversity, at (606) 451-6915


Annual Lake Cumberland Area Dr. Martin Luther King Community Celebration

Jan 15, 2 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Somerset

Speaker: Reverend Richard N. Hughes, college minister for the St. Stephen Church in Louisville

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bowling Green

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 4 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Jan. 16, featuring the choirs, art, essays and dramatic readings of Warren County Public School Students, sponsored by the Equity Council of Warren County Public Schools. The event is at Warren Central High School, 559 Morgantown Road.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Educational Youth Event and Adult Forum, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (CT), Sunday, Jan. 17, Bowling Green Boys and Girls Club, 260 Scott Way, Bowling Green. The Adult Forum is also on Jan. 17 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 175 Graham Drive, across from Boys and Girls Club.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. (CT), Monday, Jan. 18, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School, 165 Webb Drive, Bowling Green. The guest speaker is Pierre Quinn, Cottage Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Tickets are $12.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March is at 10 a.m. (CT), Monday, Jan. 18, Warren County Courthouse, 1001 Center Street, Bowling Green,to State Street Baptist Church, 340 State Street, in Bowling Green, KY 42101. The MLK Jr. Main Program is at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, State Street Baptist Church, 340 State Street, Bowling Green. The guest speaker is Lorenzo Pierson, founder and CEO of Youth Empowerment Solutions. The Warren County Board of Education Essay and Arts contest winners will be announced during the program. Call 270.782.7900 or 270.843.6071 for information.


An Exhibit on South African President Nelson Mandela Reminder of South Africa, The Nancy Baird Collection through Jan. 31, Conscience of the Human Spirit, Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green. Call 270.745.0111 for information.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 87 Birthday Celebration, sponsored by the African American Heritage Center in Franklin, 3 p.m. (CT), Jan. 17, Franklin Community Church, 822 Blackjack Road, Franklin. Pastor Eric Walker is presiding. The guest speaker is Evangelist Nancy Uhls of the Elevated Missionary Baptist Church. There will be musical selections from the Franklin Community Church Praise Team. Call 615.319.6531 for information.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Community Diversity Breakfast

Jan. 14, 9 a.m.

Benham School House Inn

Guest speaker: Dr. Gerald L. Smith, professor, University of Kentucky

Cost: $9.95/person, open to the public

More information: Carolyn Sundy, 606.589.3052 or Deborah Hodge, 606.589.3063


West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Prayer Breakfast

Jan. 14, 9 – 11:00 a.m. CT

Pastor Raynarldo Maurice Henderson 

Washington Street Baptist Church 721 Washington Street, Paducah

The breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., from dreams to meaningful action, and to bring all races, faiths and backgrounds together to recommit to racial equality, dignity, peace and justice.

 Cost: Free

 Contact: Washington Street Baptist Church, info@washingtonstreetbaptist.org, (270) 442-8033


Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m.

Robert Cherry Civic Center 2701 Park Avenue, Paducah,

MLK March from Civic Center to the MLK Monument on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive begins at 10:00 a.m.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon serves as a time to honor and commemorate the      life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., an American pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Cost: Adults $20, Students $5

Contact: NAACP, (270) 519-2391 or (270) 443-5430


Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office

Employee Forum

Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Forde, chief diversity officer, special assistant to the executive vice president, and assistant professor, Eastern Kentucky University