Listed below are local events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., Day.
Jan. 18 — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Owensboro, 1221 Cedar St., will hold its 17th Annual MLK Commemorative Coffeehouse featuring Charlot Martin Players at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. Concession sales will benefit the Neblett Community Center. For more information, call Linda Craig at 270-570-0323.
The Owensboro NAACP Branch 3107, Daviess County Probation and Parole Diocese of Owensboro are partnering to host a community workshop that will help people expunge misdemeanors and felonies from their record. This event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the H.L. Neblett Community Center, 801 W. Fifth St.
Jan. 19 — The NAACP will honor King by holding its annual church service from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Tenth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1213 E. Tenth St. The guest speaker is the Rev. Keith Tyler. He leads Antioch Baptist Church in Lexington. Alma Randolph, OBKY 1Voice Youth Choir and a combined choir Tenth Street Baptist Church and Mount Calvary Baptist Church will perform.
Jan. 20 — Brescia University is partnering with the Owensboro Human Relations Commission to celebrate MLK Day. The annual commemorative MLK march begins at 9 a.m. with a march at Owensboro High School that ends at Taylor Lecture Hall, where a program begins at 10 a.m. Mayor Tom Watson and Judge-Executive Al Mattingly will speak. The keynote speaker is Sekou Franklin, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Rachel Whelan 270-686-2110.
The Zion Baptist Church will be hosting the Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Humanitarian Award Program beginning 6 p.m. at 2311 West 9th St. The special guest speaker is Rev. Clarence Terry, Pastor at Second Street Baptist Church in Cadiz, Ky. Music presentation by the Men’s Mass Choir. This year’s humanitarian recipient is Owensboro’s Chief of Police Art Ealum.