March with us in Lexington's 2016 MLK Day Freedom March. Help everyone remember that although the civil rights movement of the 1960s was mostly about freedom and equality, it was also about commitment to nonviolence and a radical call for jobs, fair pay, and an end to the Vietnam War. ML King Day honors a man, but also provides groups like the CKCPJ an opportunity to remind everyone of all the causes for which he lived and for which he ultimately gave his life.
March with your own group or join us behind the CKCPJ banner. Marchers gather beginning at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Lexington at Heritage Hall in Lexington Center (corner of Main and Broadway, just south of Triangle Park). Groups line up along the long corridor inside Heritage Hall that runs parallel to Main Street.
Look for CKCPJ's banner on the far west end of the hall - from that position we will be last out of the building and at the rear of the march. We need help carrying the CKCPJ banner - it's big and requires lots of people taking turns to make it through the whole march. The Freedom March begins at ~ 10:00 a.m. Most marchers complete the march in less than an hour.
Monday is expected to be sunny but very cold. Dress to protect your hands and ears. Comfortable walking shoes and an extra pair of socks are good ideas.
Bring your best singing voice - those who lived through the 1960s will be teaching another generation the songs that accompanied and propelled the 1960s civil rights movement. No one will turn us around.
Other Community Events To Attend After the March:
- Commemorative Program to begin at 11:00am in Heritage Hall: Lexington's guest this year for the keynote address is the well-known actor and activist Danny Glover. He will be joined at the podium by Miss Kentucky, Clark Davis.
- A free showing of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" follows at downtown's Kentucky Theatre at 2:30 p.m.
Lexington's ML King Day events are sponsored by the University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other community partners. All events are free and open to the public.