This year, the Paducah-McCracken County NAACP, together with Mercy Health, are proudly sponsoring the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations for the city of the Paducah. They have organized a weekend packed with events and service opportunities as a way to commemorate and honor the life of Dr. King.

The main event is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March and Luncheon. The Paducah/McCracken Co. Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon, presented by Mercy Health, on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Robert C. Cherry Civic Center. The March is at 10:00 am and the luncheon is at 11:30 am.

The event begins at 11:30 am and this year’s guest speaker is Mr. Kevin Greene, the great-great grandson of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This is a popular event where area residents are encouraged to participate in community service and to support funding for the local chapter.


Tickets for the luncheon are $20 each ($5 for students) and can be purchased by calling 270.519.8408 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or, you can reserve RSVP for purchase at the door.

On Friday, January 18, there will be a blood drive at the Rosary Chapel. The American Red Cross will be on hand from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Mercy Health will be hosting MLK Program at Lourdes Hospital at 3:30 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Anton Reece, the President of WKCTC.

On Saturday, January 19, area residents are invited to a Community Breakfast at Washington St. Baptist Church. Door open at 9am and the event features an address by Rev. Donna Hawkins.

Sunday, January 20, there will be an MLK Essay Contest Celebration at Paducah Middle School at 2:30 pm. The event will be  under the direction of Ms. Whitney Evans, and the public is invited to attend.

Monday, January 21, is the day of the MLK March & Luncheon Robert Cherry at the Civic Center. There is also a Youth Workshop & Pizza Party at the Center at 2 pm.

The MLK Memorial Church Service at Washington St. Baptist Church will be held at 7pm. The sermon will be delivered by Rev. Raynarldo Henderson.

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 Branch in the 1950's, through his leadership in the various boycotts, marches and rallies of the 1960's, and up until his assassination in 1968.

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


The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.