Virtual program

MLK Day in Lexington will have a virtual schedule due to COVID

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases, Lexington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Walk and Celebration will look different this year.

The annual Freedom March will begin at 10 a.m. at the Central Bank Center. The queue to begin the walk will begin at 9 a.m. in Exhibit Hall C. at the Central Bank Center.

The march will pass through much of downtown Lexington.

Lexington-Fayette County Councilman James Brown, one of the event’s co-chairs, said the program that usually follows the march will be virtual for health and safety reasons.

Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia will be the keynote speaker. Warnock is also the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Both Martin Luther King Jr. and his father were pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Brown said.

The program will begin at noon and can be viewed on Lexington’s MLK Day Celebration You Tube page at www.youtube.com/channel/UCmPv9RzFkq–GNSJbJeVbLw.

The annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky and the City of Lexington.

Beth Musgrave has covered government and politics for the Herald-Leader for more than a decade. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has worked as a journalist in Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Washington DC.