The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a state agency this year, is inviting the public to attend its “Listening Tour,’’ in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, May 4, from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library located at 140 East Main Street.
The Listening Tour Series began in January to raise Kentuckians’ awareness of civil rights and equal opportunity. So far, the tour has held sessions in Cadiz, Mayfield, Richmond, Somerset, Paris, Versailles, and Paducah, Ky. A stop for Hopkinsville is scheduled at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 6, at the Hopkinsville Municipal Building, 101 North Main Street, Hopkinsville, Ky.
The tour will continue in other regions throughout 2010.
The Kentucky Human Rights Commission is the state agency that enforces the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and financial transactions. People are protected from discrimination based on their race, gender, disability, color, religion, national origin, family status in housing and age 40 and over in employment.
The Commission is producing the “Listening Tour’’ to gather information from residents and local officials about civil and human rights. The state human rights commission will use the information from the “Listening Tour’’ to help improve its services and assist the local human rights commissions located in various Kentucky cities and counties. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
For more information, please contact Mary Ann Taylor at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, (800) 292-5566, ext. 37, or Bernard Standard at the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission, (270) 887-4010.