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On Monday, thousands came together in downtown Lexington to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s profound legacy.

I had the privilege to share with the crowd that 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the March on Frankfort.

In 1964, Kentuckians — some 10,000 strong — marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and UK staff, faculty and students.

Their footprints helped carve the path for the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966.

Its passage made Kentucky the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to enact a state-level Civil Rights Act, and the March on Frankfort played a pivotal role in the process.

That’s the power of this state. The force of its people. The impact of a community united by a common purpose in the belief that we could achieve a common good — for all of our people.

Today, we follow those footprints, united in our mission to advance Kentucky through world-class and equitable care, life-changing scholarships and innovative research that improves lives across the Commonwealth.

Develop partnerships.

Witness history.

Find diverse businesses.

Thank you for the role you play in that endeavor. 

Eli Capilouto