To reaffirm and reflect upon the American ideals of freedom, justice, and peace. To that end, we pledge to work inclusively with community partners to: Lift and live principles of non-violence, equality, and love; Tell the stories of the struggles; and
Provide education and leadership training for adults and youth.
The first community-wide MLK Jr. service was held in 1988 at the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church. In 1990, the service was moved to the Knoxville City Auditorium where it remained for three years. In 1993, the service was moved back to Greater Warner where it has remained since.
Over the years, the MLK Jr Commission has added the MLK Parade (1985), the Leadership/Diversity Awards Luncheon (1990), the Leadership Symposium on Equity and Opportunity (1992), and the Youth Symposium (1993). The Musical/ Cultural Arts Tribute and the Ebony Artistry Exposé exhibits were also added to the celebration. As well, the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Race Against Racism is a partnered event. In 2006 the Commission added its partnership with the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, which hosts an annual Community Discussion Forum. In, 2010 the Commission introduced two new programs, the Teacher In-Service Training Curriculum (Approved by Knox County Schools) and the Gallery of Arts Tribute Reception and Display, which kicked off the celebration and continued throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
Mrs. Deborah Porter, MLK Chair, has served on the commission successfully for a period of time. With Rev. Renee Kesler and Mr. Clarence Vaughn serving as Chair Emeritus alongside Rev. Dr. Harold A. Middlebrook, Sr., a founding member serves as MLK Commission Chair Emeritus. In addition to, Mrs. Jackie Clay-Dubose who serves as the Vice-Chair for the MLK Commission
Our hats are off to all who have worked so hard and diligently to make the Commission the body that it is today, as well as to those who have participated and contributed to the overall success of our endeavor. Thanks to you all.
Our committees focus on the programming activities of the MLK Commission. Find out more about the areas in which the committees are active. Maybe you would like to get involved in one of them, we would love to have you join us. Please Contact Us Today!
We are a non-profit, all volunteer operated organization and welcome your support. If you would like to donate today, please click on the Donate button, or feel free to Contact us. We appreciate your support.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
Post Office Box 155
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-0155
Check out our Events Page for a listing of all of our upcoming events and activities and please join us for as many as your schedule will allow. We look forward to seeing you.