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Beverly L. Watts, Louisville, Ky. (1948- ): Ms. Watts was the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights from 1992-2004. She is the executive director of the National Fair Housing Training Academy in Washington, D.C. She established the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2000 to celebrate the achievements of men and women who served as role models and beacons for civil and human rights. She pushed for stronger ties with local human rights commissions; led a hate crimes commission that consisted of state, local and federal officials; shortened the amount of time it took to close discrimination cases; and, established a number of educational and social awards tied to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. She organized a commemorative program in 2004 to mark the 1964 Civil Rights March on Frankfort that was led by Dr. King.
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