MLK COMMISSION Knoxville, Tennessee
MLK COMMISSIONKnoxville, Tennessee

About Us


Our Mission

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.

Our History

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 Appreciate Your Support

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 and thank you for your support.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
Post Office Box 155

Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-0155



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