Lexington and area communities have a variety of special events planned to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Jr. Day Lexington Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022 is observed on Monday, January 17th, 2022

Lexington Events

From the University of KY and LFUCG
The University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government invite you to join us on Monday, January 17 for the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. This celebration will be held at the Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington (High Street Entrance) and is an annual day of events that everyone can participate and support. The MLK Holiday Planning Committee highly encourages the community to safely participate in these scheduled events, and to become involved in activities that commemorate the legacy of Dr. King. All events listed below are free and open to the public. 

10:00 am | Freedom March 

The Freedom March will start at 10 am, with the line up beginning in Exhibit Hall C at 9:00 am.
Click here or on the QR code below to register. 

Noon | Virtual Commemorative Program

The MLK Holiday Planning Committee is honored to welcome the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration guest speaker, Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock. Rev. Warnock is the newly elected member of the U.S. State Senate in Georgia. He has served, since 2005, as the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of Martin Luther King, Jr. Under Pastor Warnock’s leadership, more than 4,000 new members have joined Ebenezer, enhancing the Church’s legacy of social activism with both spiritual and numerical growth. Rev. Warnock graduated from Morehouse College cum laude in 1991, receiving the B.A. degree in psychology. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, from which he graduated with honors and distinctions. His work has been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News, The Huffington Post, and in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution which hailed him as “a leader among Atlanta—and national—clergy, a fitting heir to the mantle once worn by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Featured Artists

Our featured artists for the 2022 Commemorative Program include the brilliant and talented Michael Preacely, Ron Wilbur, Erica Gabriel, Devine Carama, Shauna M. Morgan, and Charles Little. Click on the links below to view their individual biographies. 


Kentucky State University (KSU), in partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Committee, is excited to offer the annual MLK Student Scholarship. The scholarship is open to Ky high school seniors who plan to attend KSU. Scholarship recipients will receive one-year of paid tuition to KSU beginning the Fall 2022 semester. Visit our scholarship page for more information. https://bit.ly/3F3qZmL

Scholarship Flyer | https://bit.ly/3GMf2SF
Scholarship Application | https://bit.ly/3IUmJrP

Georgetown Event

Celebrate Dr. King with a march and program in Georgetown on Monday, January 17th, 2022.

MLK day Georgetown KY Event 2022

Harrodsburg Event

Join Mercer Co. in honoring the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 17th, 2022
Harrodsburg Baptist Church
Speaker: OJ Oleka, PhD is President of AIKCU- Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities

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