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MLK Day Events On Jan. 15 At HHS

Dalton Christopher

Herald Staff

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will go on as planned. The events will still be held at the Harrodsburg Community Center, formerly the Harrodsburg High School.

While the building will soon be listed for sale, facility owner Keith Currens has announced he will allow the planned MLK Day events to go on as scheduled despite all other events being canceled at the facility.

This year’s theme, “Reflecting on our past in order to build a brighter future,” encourages reflection on the life and message of King, who was assassinated 50 years ago this April.

Mercer County’s 12th annual MLK Day activities will take place on Monday, Jan. 15. Community members can participate in the following activities.

T-shirt Design Contest

Entrants will have the opportunity to design a burgundy shirt featuring either a hand drawn or digitally produced image. Entries must be 8.5 x 11-inch and submitted by today, Thursday, Jan. 4, at 4 p.m. to the Mercer County Extension office or via email to

Creative Expression Contest

New for 2018, this contest is open to all individuals. Categories include a speech, poem, song, or another expression of creativity lasting three minutes or less. It is open to adults or youth and individuals or groups.

Winning entries will be shared at the Special Program and must be related to this year’s theme, reflecting on the past to build a brighter future.

Entries must be submitted by today, Thursday, Jan. 4, at 4 p.m. to the Extension Office or by email to

Banner Contest

Participation is open to any club, group or organization. The winning design will lead the commemorative march.

There are no size requirements or limitations, but must reflect this year’s theme of reflecting on the past to build a brighter future.

Banner entries are due at 8 a.m. the day of the march, Monday, Jan. 15.

MLK Day Schedule

8 a.m. – Pancake breakfast and entries for the banner contest are due. Admission to the breakfast will consist of a donation to Mercer Transformation.

9 a.m. – The 12th annual Mercer County MLK Day Commemorative March.

9:30 a.m. – Special program at the Harrodsburg Community Center.

To learn more, check out this week’s issue of

Sheridan Stigall and Alleah Rawlings, winner of the banner contest at last year’s Martin Luther King Day Jr. celebration, pose with their winning entry in front of Harrodsburg High School.

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