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Governor Ernie Fletcher meets with leaders of Kentucky’s African American Communities
Press Release Date:  July 22, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

Blue Ribbon Commission to Evaluate Human Rights Commission

Frankfort, KY:  Governor Ernie Fletcher met with leaders in the African American community today to discuss the future and direction of Kentucky’s Human Rights Commission.  Governor Fletcher announced that a Blue Ribbon Commission would be formed to evaluate the Commission and determine what changes could be made to improve it. The 44 year old Louisville-based commission investigates complaints of illegal discrimination. 

“Today, I asked a number of members who are representatives of the African American community to meet with me to hear their thoughts and get their recommendations about what we need to do to strengthen and elevate Kentucky’s Human Rights Commission,” stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. “The recommendation has been made to establish a Blue Ribbon Commission comprised of various representatives who will study the Human Rights Commission and make recommendations on any needed changes.”

“I am impressed and encouraged that Governor Fletcher has taken the initiative to improve the protection and assistance we can offer to people who may have been unfairly discriminated against,” said Tierra Kavanaugh Turner, Executive Director of the Office of Minority Empowerment. “I am confident the committee will return and present to Governor Fletcher a concrete recommendation for an organizational structure for the Commission which will facilitate implementation of his vision to fully enforce the civil rights laws of Kentucky.”

The group of leaders who met with Governor Fletcher today included ministers, civic leaders, and city leaders throughout the state.  Louisville Metro Council member Denise Bentley said the meeting strengthened the lines of communication between Governor Fletcher and the black community. 

Councilwoman Bentley said, “I think today was a very good dialogue from a diverse group that represents the African American community. I think it’s a work in progress and I do believe there is a commitment from the Governor’s office to make sure that we seriously look at discrimination in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and we need to figure out how to achieve that.”

Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission have not yet been named.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005