Over 1200 people poured into Whitney Hall on January 14 to celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and demonstrate through the arts how his vision remains active in our lives today.
KEEPERS OF THE DREAM, hosted by The Kentucky Center Artsreach program, in collaboration with River City Drum Corp and the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer, featured dance, spoken word, and musical performances by more than a dozen local ensembles. Pre- and post-show entertainment and activities filled the lobby all afternoon and into the evening.
The highly-anticipated annual event is also an opportunity to recognize those individuals working tirelessly to improve quality of life in our community.
The Mayor’s Freedom Award, first presented in 1988, recognizes citizens who have dedicated their lives to promoting justice, peace, freedom, non-violence, racial equality, and civic activism.
This year's recipient is Rev. Dr. Charles Elliott, Jr., pastor of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church since 1961. Reverend Elliott has devoted his life to helping the poor, fighting the corrupt, and teaching children that education and jobs – and not violence or gangs – are their tickets out of poverty and despair.
ArtsReach Living the Vision Awards were presented to community artist-educators Keith Cook, Joan Brannon, Keith McGill, Troy Bell, and Lynn Johnson, Director of the Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achievers.