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Lyric Theatre kicks off MLK holiday celebration with free screenings of 'After King 23' Sunday January 15

Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington is celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday a day early with two fee screenings of “After King 23,” a new documentary by Lexington hip-hop artist and filmmaker Jeremiah Wrong, that explores where America is today, after Dr. King’s dream. WUKY's Alan Lytle spoke with Lyric executive director Whit Whitaker about this weekend’s kickoff event and several other related programs on the venue’s calendar.

After King 23 analyzes where America is after Dr King's dream by interviewing a diverse group of people to give their insight about controversial issues in the country. What is so phenomenal about this particular film is that it was prophetic to the Breonna Taylor incident in Louisville,KY and the protest in the country. Excerpts of Jeremiah Wrong's speech from the Kentucky State capitol will be premiering prior to the showing. Jeremiah Wrong's single "When You Are Down" will be distributed at the box office upon entering the Lyric. The music video was shot at the 25th Anniversary of the Million Man March and in other cities and it speaks prophetically of the zeal of the new generation. Immediately following the featured film a panel discussion will be held.

Panel Dicussion Moderators:

  • Kim Moore (in the film), CEO of Joshua Connectors, from Louisville,KY 
  • Joseph Hale, Elder of Gate Church and a District 7 candidate
  • Terry Jenkins, Pastor in Versailles,KY

There will be two viewings of this groundbreaking documentary: 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

This is a FREE offering.

Reservations MUST be made online in advance prior to attending

Seating/Ticketing availability is limited.


Alan Lytle has more than 25 years of experience as a Kentucky broadcaster. Over that span he has earned multiple awards for anchoring, writing and producing news & features for WUKY. He took home the Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Best Radio Anchor award in 2021.