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Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Remember Dr. King

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging residents across the commonwealth to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to participate in the day of service to honor the civil rights icon.

From the governor’s office:

“As we celebrate the life, vision and accomplishments of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us not forget that his legacy lives on through all of us.

He believed that everyone—no matter their race, creed, color or disability—deserved the opportunity for a successful life. So do we, and that presents us with a challenge that we must answer. Every child, regardless of whether he or she is born in the suburbs, on a farm, in the inner city or in a mountain hollow, deserves a chance at a life of promise and meaning. Let’s honor his vision today, and every day.”

Beshear has highlighted a number of volunteer service opportunities listed in state.

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Owens to Receive MLK Freedom Award

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday that state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, will be the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

The longtime public servant and civil rights advocate is as a former Jefferson County Commissioner who is currently serving his fourth term in the state legislature for the 43rd district.

Owens has also been a chief critic of city and county merger, who called for a review of the consolidation after accusing the mayor’s task force of failing to look at critical issues such as economic growth, Metro employee costs and urban services.

Fischer will present the award during a ceremony at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall on January 15, during the “Keepers of the Dream” community arts celebration, which is free to the public.

“I am honored and deeply humbled to receive the 2012 Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Dr. King set the standard for true public service and he inspires me to continue working on issues that reflect his passion—justice, peace, and equality for all. I am fortunate to live in a community that allows me to pursue these goals every day,” says Owens.