Honoring Great Black Kentuckians

Jan 7th, 2015 - 11:45am


The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights presents "Honoring Great Black Kentuckians," an exhibition on display at KCAAH from January 26, 2015- April 5, 2015. Stay tuned to this kcaah.org for other events related to this exhibit. This exhibition features over 50 African Americans from Kentucky, some known locally, but many of them are known nationally, and world-wide for breaking racial barriers, personal triumphs, and achievements, all worthy of recognition. This exhibit is an educational tool for parents, students, and educators to honor and recognize accomplished African Americans from Kentucky. Each inductee chosen by the commission is recognized with a poster and bookmark displaying the individual’s condensed biographical profile and a photo. These items are widely used by schools and libraries as educational tools to bring Kentucky African American role models and history into classrooms and to the public.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in 1970 introduced Great Black Kentuckians, as an educational program that uses biographical posters and bookmarks to recognize Kentucky African Americans who have made remarkable accomplishments, or who have distinguished themselves by breaking racial or professional or other barriers. Many of the people recognized in this exhibit serve as excellent role models. The stories of their struggles, perseverance, and achievements may not be highlighted in traditional textbook or other histories. Many of them have attained personal, professional or widely public triumphs, and their endeavors cover countless interests, careers, talents, and exploits. A very few of the Gallery subjects simply represent dramatic, if tragic, depictions that offer perspectives on life for African Americans in Kentucky during times past. Several members have made a mark on the history of Kentucky, the nation, and the world.