MLK Weekend - A Remembrance & Celebration

The Paducah/McCracken County branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on Monday, January 15, 2018. This date marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr King and the event will honor that occasion.

This annual event is presented by Baptist Health Paducah and will take place at the Robert C. Cherry Civic Center.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Donna Jones Baker, President/CEO of the Greater Southern Ohio Urban League.

The annual “March to the Monument” will begin prior to the luncheon at 10am. It will leave from the Civic Center and end at the MLK memorial located at the 1900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. A wreath will be placed at the memorial. The Paducah Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the officiating organization for the “Laying of the Wreath” Ceremony.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 each, $5 for students and can be obtained by calling 270.519.8408 or emailing Or, you can reserve RSVP for purchase at the door.

Here is a complete lineup of events for the weekend...

Weekend Commitment Events Friday January 12—Monday January 15, 2018 include:

Friday- “Blood of the Martyrs’ Blood Drive” - Rosary Chapel - 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday - Annual MLK Services @ Lourdes Hospital – Rev. LaRita Horton - 4 pm

Saturday- Community Fellowship Breakfast - Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church - Rev. Charles Dunbar - 9 am

Saturday - Youth Pizza Party - Ninth Street Baptist Church - 6 pm

*Sunday– NAACP/AT&T Essay Awards Program @ Paducah Middle School - 2:30 pm

Monday January 15, 2017

*NAACP “March to the Monument” starting @ Cherry Civic Center-10 am

*NAACP “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon @ Cherry Civic Center - 11:30 am

*NAACP Youth Workshop & Pizza Party - featuring Principal Teresa Spann & Corbin Snardon - 2 pm

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service” St. James CME Church- Rev. Arthur Williams, Jr. - 7 pm

Donna Jones Baker

Donna Jones Baker has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the local Urban League since November 2003. Following restructuring of the regional organization in 2012 with the creation of Miami Valley Urban League, Ms. Baker became President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.

She has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience, as well as educational credentials that include a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Murray State University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore.

Ms. Baker serves as a Board member for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and chairs its Women Excel (WE) Executive Advisory Committee. She is a board member of Xavier University. She is a member of the Cincinnati Chapter Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta, a community service sorority and president of Advocates for Youth Education (AYE).

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is considered the formative figure in the modern fight for civil rights, and his legacy looms large in the work of all those who follow him in his cause. Dr. King's involvement with the NAACP dates back to his position on the executive committee of the NAACP Montgomery, Alabama branch in the 1950's.

In 1957 the NAACP awarded him the Spingarn Medal, its most prestigious honor. In 1964, he received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He was assassinated in 1968.

Dr. King pushed America to fulfill its promise of equal rights for all. We honor his life and his legacy by recommitting ourselves to keeping his dream alive.