Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued Executive Order No. 8-13 reestablishing the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission. This Order replaces Executive Order No. 13-09, which expired June 30, 2013.
The purpose of the Commission is to develop, promote, coordinate, approve, review and make recommendations for activities to commemorate the birthday and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Commission also encourages state, local and county governmental agencies, educational institutions, civic organizations and the general public to plan activities for observance of the holiday and to provide them with assistance and information.
The Division of Culture and History and the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs will provide general assistance, upon request. Dr. Carolyn Stuart, Executive Director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs has been appointed to serve as the Commission Chair. The following have also been appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission.
This Commission will expire on June 30, 2017, or as directed by a subsequent Executive Order. To read the Executive Order in its entirety, click here.
The Mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission is to develop, promote, coordinate, approve, review and make recommendations for activities to commemorate the birthday and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Commission also encourages state, local and county governmental agencies, educational institutions, civic organizations and the general public to plan activities for observance of the holiday and to provide them with assistance and information.
"Living the Dream" Awards: Each year the Commission seeks nominees for the "Living the Dream" awards to be presented as part of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. The public is invited to nominate candidates for each of the awards. Nomination forms are provided here.
Annual Racism Essay Contest: The Commission joins the YWCA Wheeling in extending an invitation to all school-aged children in WV to participate in the YWCA “Project on Racism Essay Contest”. Each year students are provided with a venue to share their vision and views of Dr. King’s lessons and teachings.
Annual Poster Contest: Each year students throughout West Virginia have shared their artistic abilities by submitting their entries as a way of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Classroom teachers are asked to assist students in the development of original slogans/captions to be used in the development of the poster.
2013-2017 Holiday Commission Members:
Secretary Kay Goodwin
WV Department of Education and the Arts
Ms. Julie C. Palas, J.D.
Catastrophic Illness Commission,
Dep. Commissioner Jacqueline A. Proctor
Bureau of Senior Services
|Commissioner Randall Reid- Smith
WV Division of Culture and History
|Ms. Sylvia C. Ridgeway
State NAACP, President
Reverend B.J. Roberts
Kingdom Life Fellowship Church, Pastor
Justice Larry V. Starcher
Dr. Carolyn L. Stuart, Executive Director
Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs
MLK Commission, Chair
Dr. Anthony T. Woart
Mrs. Patricia Wilson
WVSU, Associate Professor
‘’The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy'' (Martin Luther King Jr.)
MLK State Holiday Commission
Building 1, Room 35
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305
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