Martin Luther King Jr.

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Former President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy Thursday at the funeral of civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis in Atlanta.

In his remarks, Obama issued a call to action for Americans to turn out to vote in the November election and linked Lewis' legacy to the modern-day civil rights movement sparked by the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd.

In Montgomery, Ala., just down the road from where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, a noisy trailer sits in a tiny church parking lot.

The trailer is like a mini-laundromat, equipped with three washers and dryers and two shower stalls. Every week, it serves a homeless congregation at River City Church — even through a pandemic.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and the most visible spokesperson of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrated annually on the third Monday of January, WKMS will be featuring two specials celebrating his life and legacy.

JOEY ALOI via West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A national campaign that aims to unite disenfranchised populations across the U.S. held events in Kentucky and West Virginia late last week.  Meetings are part of a two-month tour designed to highlight social inequity, and build on a movement begun 50 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, a celebration of American racial harmony, comes in the context of a turning in American race relations.  

On 17 June 2015 white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine worshipers at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. He hoped to provoke a race war. Instead his actions—coming in the context of numerous police shootings of innocent African Americans documented by the Black Lives Matter Movement—provoked governmental as well as popular responses.  

Stu Johnson, WEKU

This April will mark half a century since the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  In keeping with a decades old observance, hundreds Monday morning marched through the center of downtown Lexington to honor King’s legacy.

Michael Cochran

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up and with it the showing of a fictional reimagining of the Civil Rights leader.


  A panel discussion  in Paducah recently focused on issues of "Race in America." The forum is part of West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Diversity and Inclusion Series. Topics included the display of the Confederate Flag, which some view as a symbol of slavery and resistance to racial equality.

Murray State University

Murray State University welcomes Martin Luther King III for the 2016 Presidential Lecture Series tonight. 

The event is tonight (February 8) at 8 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium on Murray State's campus. It is free to the public.

Nataliya Gvozdeva, 123RF.COM

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18 and we're celebrating his life and legacy with two specials, preempting Sounds Good.

At 11 a.m. hear Global Village Dr. King Day, with songs dedicated to him and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. At Noon, hear Humankind Special, The Power of Nonviolence: The Spirituality of Peacemaking, an insightful and uplifting look at breaking the cycle of violence at home and abroad.