About the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians
The Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in 1970 introduced the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians. The Gallery is an educational program that uses biographical posters and bookmarks to recognize Kentucky African Americans who have made remarkable accomplishments, or who have distinguished themselves by breaking racial or professional or other barriers. Many Gallery members serve as excellent role models. The stories of their struggles, perseverance, and achievements may not be highlighted in traditional textbook or other histories. Many of them have attained personal, professional or widely public triumphs, and their endeavors cover countless interests, careers, talents, and exploits. A very few of the Gallery subjects simply represent dramatic, if tragic, depictions that offer perspectives on life for African Americans in Kentucky during times past. Several members have made a mark on the history of Kentucky, the nation, and the world.
Each Gallery inductee chosen by the commission is recognized with a poster and bookmark displaying the individual’s condensed biographical profile and a photo. These items are widely used by schools and libraries as educational tools to bring Kentucky African American role models and history into classrooms and to the public.