Thursday, July 19, 2001

16 named to Civil Rights Hall

The Associated Press

        On Wednesday, 16 new members were inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. There were 45 nominees.

        The inductees:

        • The late Ira Bell of Monticello. Served as Wayne County schools superintendent for 38 years. Integrated a Kentucky school in 1955 and was among first superintendents in the state to hire a black faculty member. Ms. Bell died in 1982.

        • Anne M. Braden of Louisville, a former lobbyist and a civil rights teacher.

        • The late Carl Braden of Louisville, a civil rights activist and husband of Anne Braden.

        • The late Edward Claybrook of Owensboro was born a slave in 1821. He successfully challenged an Owensboro statue that said only blacks' property taxes could be used for black schools.. Mr. Claybrook died in 1896.

        • The late I. Willis Cole of Louisville was editor, publisher and sole owner of The Louisville Leader, an early 20th century newspaper that became the voice of the black community. He died in 1950.

        • The late Gov. Bert T. Combs of Frankfort was responsible for the creation of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. In 1963, he issued an executive order that desegregated public accommodations.

        • Bishop Robert W. Estill of Lexington, a prominent leader in fighting discrimination in the 1950s and '60s.

        • The late Rev. William A. Jones Sr. of Lexington encouraged parishioners of his church to vote during an election that produced the first black city councilman and mayor pro-tem in Lexington. The Rev. Mr. Jones died in 1968.

        • The late Julia E. Lewis of Lexington was a nurse who focused on problems of segregation in public accommodations. She died in 1998.

        • Abby L. Marlatt of Lexington was instrumental in forming the Lexington chapter of the Congress of Racial Equity. She organized protests and marches while forming the Lexington Committee on Religion and Human Rights.

        • Frank O. Moxley, 92, of Bowling Green, has spent decades as an educator, coach and public volunteer. Mr. Moxley also formed the first Negro Athletic League in the state. He helped establish Cumberland Trace Legal Services Inc., a nonprofit corporation serving low-income people. He served as the group's liaison with the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.

        • Sen. Gerald A. Neal of Louisville represents the 33rd district in the state's General Assembly. He also has served on many civil rights boards.

        • Paul Oberst of Lexington taught constitutional law at the University of Kentucky Law School. He was chairman of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights from 1966 to 1970.

        • Samuel Robinson of Louisville, promoter of civic activism, social justice and racial equity for more than 50 years.

        • The late Lucretia B. Ward of Louisville founded the Women's Alliance of Louisville. She was co-founder of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights and a member of the Kentucky Commission on Women and the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Ms. Ward died in 1996.

        • The late Jesse P. Warders of Louisville co-sponsored the Kentucky Civil Rights Act as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1966.He became the first black director of a city government agency — Louisville's Department of Sanitation. Mr. Warders died in 1981.

       Source: Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and The Kentucky Encyclopedia.

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