LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2022) — This Sunday, representatives from the University of Kentucky and members of the community will come together in solidarity for a Day of Remembrance for the victims of last year’s Atlanta spa shootings.
The event will take place 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington, and will include a candlelight vigil, musical performances, poetry readings and remarks by community leaders.
The tentative program includes:
- Korean Drum performance, by UK Korean Drum Troop, which includes UK students and community members.
- Aewlcome and introduction by Keiko Tanaka, project manager of the sustainability project and professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
- A moment of silence.
- Remarks by Charlene Buckles with ACLU of Kentucky.
- Poetry reading by community member Tosha Sun, and music performance by Donna Kwon from UK School of Music.
- Remarks by Tanvi Sawardekar and Jennifer Cheng from the UK Asian American Association.
- Poetry reading by poet Deidra White and musical performance by Yihan Wang.
- Remarks by Nima Kulkarni, Kentucky State Representative.
- Dance performance and speech by Lakshmi Sriraman, a community activist and artist.
- Concluding remarks by Dan Wu, community activist and project partner.
- Guide to the vigil, by Joan Brannon with DrummingWorks.
The event is sponsored by the UK Office of China Initiatives and the UK Office of Sustainability through a sustainability challenge grant project titled “Stories of Asian American & Pacific Islanders in Kentucky.” It is also being organized with support from the Society of Asian American Superheroes, Y’all (SASSY).
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.