Martin Luther King Jr. Day Scheduled Events

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College would like to invite our students, faculty, and staff to participate in the scheduled Martin Luther King Day events in our area.

Below is a listing of the events scheduled in Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Franklin.

Local Warren County events -


Martin Luther King Jr., Program of Events 2016 Bowling Green/Warren County Kentucky

Theme: Stand, and Bloom Where You re Planted.

In the coming days, people around the country will remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. In Bowling Green, the celebration will cover both Sunday and Monday.

Local events in observance of Monday s Martin Luther King Jr. Day begin Sunday with the Legacy Calendar Program at 4 p.m. at State Street Baptist Church. The speaker will be Herbert Oldham, retired principal and school administrator, and the special guests will be historical advocacy organizations that were featured in the 2011 Legacy Calendar.

Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee member Abraham Williams explained that each year the committee puts together a calendar that highlights the contributions of local people or groups - this year included organizations such as Black Men United, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Par-Makers Golf Club. The calendar is a way to recognize these groups and individuals as well as educate others about their contributions.

Each year, the planning committee chooses a theme for the celebration. This year s theme is Stand, and Bloom Where You re Planted. Those honored in the calendar are an example of that theme.

People think you have to go all over the world to do something, but you can bloom where you are planted, Williams said.

The celebrations continue Monday morning with the Memorial Breakfast Program featuring the Rev. William Easley Jr. as the speaker. The breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Human Rights Commission and the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.

Following the breakfast will be a symbolic march at 10 a.m. from the Warren County Justice Center to State Street Baptist Church. Shuttle vans will be available at the church at 9:15 a.m.

Williams said the march has grown over the years and now usually draws about 500 participants.

What we re seeing now is that it is educational, Abraham said. People are bringing their kids out.

The march is followed by the main program, beginning with a mini concert at State Street Baptist Church from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. by Alpha Baptist Church Youth Choir.

The keynote speaker this year will be Calvin Mackie, a well-known speaker, entrepreneur and co-founder of Channel ZerO Consulting. After starting college in remedial reading classes, Mackie went on to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He was featured in the Spike Lee documentary on Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke.

Delaney said Mackie is a wonderful motivational speaker and organizers are thrilled to have him as part of the program.

He s coming to us through a joint effort between us and the city and county schools, Delaney said. In addition to speaking at the program, Mackie will also speak at local schools.

Throughout the week, organizers of the events have been finishing up the preparations and are hoping for a great turnout. All Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are free - except the breakfast - and everyone is invited.

It s a great community event, Delaney said. People come from all over to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Simpson County events


Franklin hosts the sixth annual community Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 8 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church on the square. There will be a breakfast and the speaker will be Pastor Larry Elliott of Harristown Church of Christ. The theme will be Living the Past in the Present.

After the breakfast, there will be a march to Greater Taylor AME Church on Jefferson Street, where pastor Erika Taylor of Bethel AME Church in Campbellsville will speak.Tickets for the breakfast at the Methodist Church are $10 and available from Wanda Tuck at 776-4945.

Glasgow/Barren County Events

On Monday, January 18th, there will be a gathering at the Courthouse at Noon and then the program will begin at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Glasgow.