MLK

The country remembers the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. More than four decades after his death, many people see the Black Lives Matter movement as the modern incarnation of the drive for human dignity and legal standing that Dr. King embodied.

But others, including members of an earlier generation of activists, find fault with the group, seeing it as an aimless, formless group that still lacks direction and follow-through. Meanwhile, younger activists sometimes see their seniors as too narrow in their focus and rigid in their methods.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18 and we're celebrating his life and legacy with two specials, preempting Sounds Good.

At 11 a.m. hear Global Village Dr. King Day, with songs dedicated to him and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. At Noon, hear Humankind Special, The Power of Nonviolence: The Spirituality of Peacemaking, an insightful and uplifting look at breaking the cycle of violence at home and abroad.

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Murray State University begins Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative events early with a candlelight vigil and march Sunday evening, with community breakfasts Saturday in Paducah and Monday in Murray. A series of presentations follow, including the screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Cinema International. MSU Multi-Cultural Affairs Director S.G. Carthell and Cinema International Coordinator Tim Johns join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about MLK Day and diversity events this semester.

Hopkins County reaches a milestone Saturday with a program celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. legacy that is one of the longest-running and largest MLK national holiday recognition services in Kentucky. Saturday's event theme is "Yesterday's Dream, Tomorrow's Reality," with the program starting at 4 p.m. in the Madisonville Community College Health Campus Byrnes Auditorium, at 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville. Kate Lochte speaks with Tim W. Thomas of Madisonville, who serves as a Commissioner with the Kentucky Human Rights Commission. 

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Kentucky Human Rights Commission Director John Johnson speaks with Kate Lochte next. The focus of their conversation is a set of 7 social justice and civil rights resolutions honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., adopted this month. With the 11-member board of commissioners, the executive director and 36 staff members, the Commission receives, initiates, investigates, conciliates and rules upon jurisdictional complaints alleging violations of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. These resolutions are calls for action to government officials and the public.