Fayette County

Annual MLK march held in downtown Lexington

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Freedom March moved down East Vine St.  in downtown Lexington, Ky., Monday, January 20, 2014. The march departed from Lexington Center Heritage Hall on West Main St. and went though downtown. The march was followed by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration Commemorative Program held inside Heritage Hall. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Freedom March moved down East Vine St. in downtown Lexington, Ky., Monday, January 20, 2014. The march departed from Lexington Center Heritage Hall on West Main St. and went though downtown. The march was followed by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration Commemorative Program held inside Heritage Hall. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Lexington’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday included some new features.

This year, the Unity breakfast included students from Fayette County Public Schools who acted as hosts, read essays and performed.

Hundreds of people then took to the streets for the traditional march through downtown.

In the afternoon, there was a free showing of "Lee Daniels’ The Butler" at The Kentucky Theatre. The movie, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, tells the fact-based story of a black butler who served eight presidents in the White House.

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