The Kentucky Historical Society is offering programs to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Frankfort.
Students today are familiar with the Black Lives Matter protests, but they may not realize that Kentucky has seen social and political protests before. Did you know that on a single day in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and baseball legend Jackie Robinson joined a march organized by Kentucky civil rights activists to influence lawmakers in Kentucky to pass a civil rights act? Learn more about the 1964 March on Frankfort from people who were there.
In person: On March 5, community leaders will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Frankfort by recreating the walk to the state capitol building in Frankfort. Schools are encouraged to join in. Students can make signs like the ones used in the original March on Frankfort and walk along with people who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964.
In the classroom: Want more? Bring the discussion into the classroom with professional resources available through PBS. Find meaningful lessons about the March on Frankfort for grades 3-12 on the PBS LearningMedia website.