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Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame: Commitment honored

Calesta Day performed during the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 17, 2012. The inductees were selected from 33 nominees. Day is a doctoral student at the UK school of Music.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Calesta Day performed during the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 17, 2012. The inductees were selected from 33 nominees. Day is a doctoral student at the UK school of Music. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights inducted 14 new members in to the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Wednesday in a ceremony held at the Lyric Theatre.

The Hall of Fame was created in 2000 on the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Human Rights Commission. The commission is the state government authority that enforces laws that make discrimination illegal such as the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Civil Rights Act.

The Hall of Fame recognizes activists in Kentucky who have fought and sacrificed to accomplish civil and human rights for all. Thirty-three candidates were nominated this year.

The ceremony, hosted by Renee Shaw, host of Connections with Renee Shaw on Kentucky Educational Television, included musical performances.

Those inducted include: the late Lou Benn of Louisville; Richard Brown, Owensboro; George Burney, Louisville; the Rev. Thurmond Coleman, Sr., Louisville; Gov. Martha Layne Collins, Lexington; Laken Cosby Jr. of Louisville; Delores Delahanty, Louisville; the Rev. Charles Elliott, Louisville; Audrey Louise Grevious, Lexington; the late Jesse Harris, Louisville; Carol Jackson, Ashland; Priscilla Johnson, Lexington; Edgardo Mansilla, Louisville and Marcellus Mayes, Louisville.

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