Celebrations in Shelby County this long weekend recapped how Martin Luther King Jr. led the country during a difficult time of progress. But those same celebrations served as a prompt to those in attendance that King's work is far from finished.
"Ultimately his message was one of change in America," said DeVone Holt, who spoke at the first Whitney M. Young Job Corps Educational event and basketball tournament. "He wanted to change how white America looked at black America and how black America looked at white America.
Kerri Richardson and Shelley Catharine Johnson have a lot in common.
Both are media spokespersons for high profile government offices, the governor and the attorney general, respectively.
Both are dedicated, driven professionals in their fields.
Both are also Shelby County residents.
Richardson, communications director for Gov. Steve Beshear, and Johnson, deputy communications director for Attorney General Jack Conway, say they have always gotten along well when their paths have crossed professionally from time to time.