Commission on Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Book Fair and Great Blacks in Wax Exhibit coming to Convention Center in Louisville
Borders Bookstore will host a Book Fair for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights 50th Anniversary Civil and Human Rights Conference. The book fair will feature signings by authors of works on civil and human rights history and current-day issues that affect minorities and people who deal with various types of discrimination. The fair will be October 14 and 15 at the Louisville International Convention Center located in the conference’s Information Exchange Center.
Also at the Information Exchange Center, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Justice Learning Center of Baltimore, Md., will exhibit some of its life-like wax sculptures of famous civil rights heroes like Medger Evers, Whitney Young Jr., and others.
The public is invited to the free Information Exchange Center book fair and wax exhibit. Or, everyone may participate in the exciting Luncheons featuring national civil rights speakers and the conference workshops for $25 a day, which covers the cost of meals. The schedule for the book fair and wax figure exhibit is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 14
10 a.m. – Benjamin Richmond, president of the Louisville Urban League, will unveil the wax exhibit of Urban League founder Whitney Young Jr.
10:30 a.m. – Eleanor Foreman, president of the National Council of Negro Women Louisville Affiliate, will unveil the wax exhibit of famous civil rights leader Dorothy Height who died earlier this year.
11 a.m. – Gloria Fite, former vice-president of the NAACP Hardin County Chapter, will unveil the wax exhibit of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and civil rights leaders Kweisi Mfume (who will speak at one of the conference luncheons), Ida B. Wells, Benjamin Hooks, Medger Evers and Julian Bond.
11:30 to noon – Troy Jackson will sign copies of his book, “Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader.”
2 to 2:30 p.m. – Catherine Fosl will sign copies of her book, “Subversive Southern: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South,” and a book that Fosl co-authored with Tracy K’Meyer, “Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.”
4 to 4:30 p.m. – Disability rights advocate Cass Irvin will sign copies of her book, “Home Bound,” a memoir of her experiences and challenges as a person with a disability.
Friday, Oct. 15
11:30 to noon – Tom Kiffmeyer will sign copies of his book, “Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty.”
2 to 2:30 p.m. – Joy Carew will sign the book “Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise.”
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights 50th Anniversary Civil and Human Rights Conference is scheduled at the Louisville International Convention Center from Wednesday, Oct. 13 to Friday, Oct. 15.
Visit the commission's website at www.kchr.ky.gov to see the agenda for the interesting workshops and discussion groups as well as special events like the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame 2010 inductions.
Sponsors of the conference include General Electric, Humana, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Metropolitan Sewer District, PNC Bank, Publisher's Press, UPS, YUM! Brands, Bellarmine University, and University of Kentucky.
For more information, call commission official Mary Ann Taylor at 502-595-4024 or 1-800-292-5566.
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is the state government agency that enforces state and federal civil rights laws for the Commonealth of Kentucky.