Commission on Human Rights
Human and civil rights Listening Tour will be in Louisville June 29
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a state agency this year, and the Louisville Human Relations Commission will hold a human and civil rights Listening Tour in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. (EDT).
The event will be held at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library in the Centennial Room in the basement. The library is located downtown at the corner of Fourth and York streets. The address is 301 York St. Contact the library at 502-574-1611. Along with listening to local residents' interests, concerns and opinions about civil rights issues in Louisville will be the special topic of hate crimes. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The Louisville Human Relations Commission, which is led by Executive Director Carolyn Miller Cooper, is one of 23 local human rights commissions in Kentucky. The local commissions act as partners to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in dealing with matters of discrimination to protect all people in the state.
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Listening Tour Series began in January to raise public awareness of civil rights and equal opportunity. So far, the tour has held sessions in the Kentucky cities of Cadiz, Mayfield, Richmond, Somerset, Paris, Versailles, Paducah, Hopkinsville, Ashland, and Campbellsville. The tour will continue in other areas throughout the year.
The state and Louisville commissions will use the tour session to gather information from residents and local officials about their civil and human rights concerns. The commissions will also share information about the purpose and functions of the commissions and how people can get help when individuals are victims of illegal discrimination.
The Kentucky Human Rights Commission is the state government 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.
For more information, contact Glenda Green at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at 1-800-292-5566.