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Aiming For New Heights: Conference on Civil Rights

UK Student Center Annex

Presenters will include:

  • Gerald L. Smith, UK history professor and Scholar in Residence of the Martin Luther King Center. Smith, who has spent years researching Kentucky CORE personalities, activities, frustrations and accomplishments. He will speak about Lexington’s CORE heroes, who risked their security, their future and even their lives to bring down the barriers of racism and segregation in the bluegrass state, securing a better future for their descendants.
  • Joann Martin, co-founder and executive director of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
  • John Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights
  • Jerry Gore, 2012 NEA Woodson Award winner
  • Charles Neblett, civil rights activist and original civil rights movement’s Freedom Singer.

Attendees to the free event will also have the opportunity to view two exhibits that brought the public out in droves when they were previously hosted at the university: Calvert McCann’s collection of photographs he took during the civil rights movement and "Freedom Times: The Underground Railroad."

The afternoon will be devoted to the children, about 100 from 5th through 12th grades, all from different youth groups and programs. Their workshop breakout will focus on economic empowerment, peace education, the Underground Railroad and voting rights and responsilities.

A registration form, permission slip and photo release must be completed for youth to attend the workshops. Free lunch will be offered to those who donate canned food items.

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