Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

9:10 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Ky. Human Rights Commission Director Reflects, Looks Ahead on MLK Day

John J. Johnson

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights’ director says protecting against sexual orientation discrimination is the next step in the civil rights campaign.  John J. Johnson says the commission has been focused in recent years on extending fairness ordinances in local communities throughout the commonwealth.

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7:20 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Madisonville Man Receives Martin Luther King Citizenship Award

Timothy Thomas
Credit Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

The Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has named a Madisonville man the recipient of this year’s Martin Luther King Citizenship Award.

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12:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Latest Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced in Bowling Green

WKU's Carroll Knicely Conference Center.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is in Bowling Green this week to announce the latest inductees into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

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1:56 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort


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 Lochte.

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12:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Paducah Neurologist Settles Civil Rights Suit

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. 

Mike J. Young claims Comprehensive Neurological Services refused to provide the interpreter.  If so, this would violate the state and U.S. Civil Rights acts.  Comprehensive Neurological Services denied any violation, but the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights determined there is enough evidence that discrimination may have occurred. 

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1:27 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

If MLK Jr. Were Around Today, What Issues Would He Be Speaking Out About?

John Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Human Rights Comission

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.

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6:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Calls for End of Death Penalty

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.

7:58 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Workshops on Fair Housing Set for LGBT Families

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. 

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