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2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and watch a pre-recorded virtual ceremony featuring student artwork, and excerpts from student essays and poetry premiering in this event at 9 a.m. Speakers include Governor Andy Beshear, KET’s Renee Shaw and MLK Commissioners. More details to come, posted within this event page. Read the full press release below.

(Press Release from Kentucky Heritage Council – SHPO)
Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Annual Awards
The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission will announce recipients of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards at 9 a.m. Monday, the annual holiday commemorating Dr. King’s life and service. Winners will be highlighted via video, which will be posted within this event timeline, and on the KHS YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/kyhistoricalsociety.
Nominations from the public were accepted for the Leadership Award, which recognizes community leaders whose actions demonstrate distinguished service in promoting Dr. King’s ideals to further the goals of diversity and justice for all. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from across the Commonwealth were invited to submit essays, visual artwork and poems displaying artistic expression to reflect this year’s theme, “How would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspire the nation if he were alive today?”
The commission is administratively attached to the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, which co-sponsors the awards.
The commission works to promote the annual MLK holiday as an occasion to reflect upon the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change as espoused by Dr. King, encourage community service in keeping with the principles taught by Dr. King, provide advice and assistance to local governments and private organizations with respect to the holiday, and promote the commemoration as an opportunity to advocate for interracial cooperation and youth anti-violence initiatives.
For questions, contact Tressa Brown (Tressa.Brown@ky.gov), commission coordinator, at 502-892-3607.
An agency of the KY Tourism, Arts, & Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.


January 18
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