Kentucky Commission on Human Rights http://wkms.org en 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort http://wkms.org/post/50th-anniversary-civil-rights-march-frankfort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a young man, shortly out of high school, John J. Johnson was the president of the local NAACP in his hometown of Franklin, Kentucky, and was a member of the executive committee for the March on Frankfort 50 years ago, which is being commemorated this year. That first march touched the nation and ultimately helped lead to the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act on July 2 of the same year. Today, John J. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and speaks with Kate </span>Lochte<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:56:39 +0000 Kate Lochte 38165 at http://wkms.org 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort Paducah Neurologist Settles Civil Rights Suit http://wkms.org/post/paducah-neurologist-settles-civil-rights-suit <p></p><p>A Paducah neurologist’s office has settled a discrimination suit with a hearing-impaired patient who alleges he was not provided a sign language interpreter during a May 2011 visit.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike J. Young claims Comprehensive Neurological Services refused to provide the interpreter.&nbsp; If so, this would violate the state and U.S. Civil Rights acts.&nbsp; Comprehensive Neurological Services denied any violation, but the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights determined there is enough evidence that discrimination may have occurred.&nbsp; Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:26:38 +0000 Whitney Jones 34064 at http://wkms.org Paducah Neurologist Settles Civil Rights Suit If MLK Jr. Were Around Today, What Issues Would He Be Speaking Out About? http://wkms.org/post/if-mlk-jr-were-around-today-what-issues-would-he-be-speaking-out-about <p>Kentucky Human Rights Commission Director John Johnson speaks with Kate Lochte next. The focus of their conversation is a set of 7 social justice and civil rights resolutions honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., adopted this month. With the 11-member board of commissioners, the executive director and 36 staff members, the Commission receives, initiates, investigates, conciliates and rules upon jurisdictional complaints alleging violations of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. These resolutions are calls for action to government officials and the public.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:27:42 +0000 Kate Lochte 27312 at http://wkms.org If MLK Jr. Were Around Today, What Issues Would He Be Speaking Out About? Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Calls for End of Death Penalty http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-commission-human-rights-calls-end-death-penalty <p>The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is calling on the state to end the use of the death penalty, saying it is often applied unfairly against minorities and the poor. The commissioners, who enforce state and federal civil rights laws, urged Kentucky lawmakers in a resolution last week to repeal the law that allows the use of the death penalty in some murder cases. The commission’s resolution will be submitted to Governor Steve Beshear and to each state legislator. As of April 1, Kentucky had 35 inmates on death row. Kentucky last executed an inmate in 2008.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:52:18 +0000 The Associated Press 23520 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Calls for End of Death Penalty Workshops on Fair Housing Set for LGBT Families http://wkms.org/post/workshops-fair-housing-set-lgbt-families <p style="text-align: left;">The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is holding three fair housing workshops next week for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and their families.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:58:05 +0000 Associated Press 18325 at http://wkms.org Workshops on Fair Housing Set for LGBT Families