Here are some of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in the area.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration. 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort. Keynote speaker: Gerald Smith, co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia and associate professor at University of Kentucky. For more information, contact Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment, 700 Capitol Ave. Ste. 138, Frankfort. (502) 564-2611. Ome.ky.gov.
Greater Liberty Baptist Church Youth MLK Service. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Greater Liberty Baptist Church, 330 Chestnut St., Lexington. Guest speaker: the Rev. Michael Worthman of Ebenezer Baptist Church. This is a youth event (grades 6-12).
Disciples for the Dream Community Worship Service. 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Central Christian Church, 205 E. Short St., Lexington. Featuring the MLK Community Choir under the direction of Marion Rogers. Speaker: the Rev. LaMarco Cable of Bread for the World. Free. (859) 277-2992.
Unity: A Continuous March Towards Equality 19th Annual Unity Breakfast. 6:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 21. Lexington Center Heritage Hall West. Featured speakers: Tom Shelton, education; Wilbert W. James, spiritualism; Patrice Muhammad, civil rights; and Virginia Carter, humantarianism.
For tickets, contact Alpha Phi Fraternity Inc. at (859) 539-5337 or Lexingtonalpha.org. $200 per table of 10 ($20 per seat). Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter Education Foundation.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 41st anniversary. 9 a.m. Jan. 21. Heritage Hall, Lexington. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 9-10 a.m.: Freedom March. Participants should line up inside corridor of Lexington Center's Heritage Hall on West Main Street.
■ 11 a.m.: Commemorative program. Speaker: Jeff Johnson. Lexington Center, Heritage Halls East and Center.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Community Celebration. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. Free. (859) 254-4175. Carnegiecenterlex.org.
Screening of Sing Your Song Harry Belafonte documentary. 2 p.m. Jan. 21. Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St., Lexington. Free. In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sing Your Song covers the life and times of singer/actor/social issues activist Harry Belafonte. The film follows Belafonte's rise from jazz and folk clubs of Greenwich Village and Harlem to his success. It also shows the life of a black man, even though he is a "super star" in 1960s America as he is confronted with the same Jim Crow laws and prejudices that every other black man, woman and child in America was facing. Sing Your Song presents a look at the civil rights movement through the eyes of an insider.
Free parking all day in the Lexington Public Library/Park Plaza garage.
2013 Martin Luther King Jr. March and Celebration. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 21. Winchester First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main St., Winchester. The march will be in front of the courthouse at 6 p.m. The celebration will immediately following the march or at 6:15 p.m. Free. (859) 644-9013.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. Campbellsville University Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville. Speaker: C.B. Akins, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Bracktown, Lexington. Sponsored by Campbellsville University. For more information, contact John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, email@example.com or (270) 789-5520.