March honors King

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Omonigo Ufomata could have spent the day in the nation's capital, but she didn't.

The Kentucky State University graduate has been living and working for a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., since she graduated last May. But, she said, she wanted to come back to Frankfort Monday to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

"This is my alma mater," she said amid hugs and hellos from her former classmates. "It's important to be here because Kentucky State is the only historically black college in Kentucky."

Ufomata was one of more than 100 participants gathered Monday for Kentucky State University's program honoring the life of King. The student-run event brought out students, faculty, staff and community members.

The program began with a march down campus, where the group linked arms and sang "We Shall Overcome." The march ended at Bradford Hall Auditorium and was followed by a program which included several student speakers, performances by the KSU concert choir, a film on King's life and an original dance performed by four students.

The program, spearheaded by the university's Black Awareness Club, was largely designed by Niambi Lee-Kong, a senior from Clarksville, Tenn. Lee-Kong said the event started three years ago as a way for students to celebrate King's life.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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