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Lawmakers focus on access to health care in Black History Month celebration

State Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington, sang Tuesday during the Black History Month event in the Capitol Rotunda.
State Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington, sang Tuesday during the Black History Month event in the Capitol Rotunda. ddesrochers@herald-leader.com

The Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus hosted its 14th annual Legislative Black History Month celebration Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda.

Several lawmakers, constitutional officers and Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton attended the event, which centered around the theme of “African-American health.” Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton did not attend.

Hampton is the first black person elected to statewide office in Kentucky. Seven of the state’s 138 lawmakers are black.

Keynote speaker Dr. Wayne Tuckson, a physician in Louisville, spoke at length about the history of minority access to health care in America.

The event also featured Sarah Nicole Smith, a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky, who plans to attend medical school next fall.

“As I continue my own journey in becoming a physician,” Smith said, “I realize that there’s still much more to fight for.”

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