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Hall of Fame 2010

Gracie Lewis

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Gracie M. Lewis, Louisville, Ky., (1948- ): African-American. Ms. Lewis, an officer with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression in Louisville, has spent a lifetime promoting fairness and equality in employment, housing, education and criminal justice. In early 2007, she helped lead a large contingent of Louisville activists to Washington, D.C., where they implored the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Jefferson County to continue its voluntary integration policy in its public schools. Ms. Lewis has helped win jobs and better working conditions as a union leader for the American Federation of Government Employees; she pushed for the creation of a police review board in Louisville and fought for affirmative action programs in Louisville to ensure that minorities are represented in employment. She has rallied for environment protection and more green space in Louisville and more affordable and safe housing for low-income people.

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