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The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights creates the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians biographical poster series to profile the accomplishments of blacks in Kentucky and introduce state African American history into Kentucky classrooms and libraries. Dr. Thomas T. Wendell, staff physician at Eastern State Hospital, is the first person elected to the poster series.



The commission develops the Black Graduates of Kentucky report to assist Kentucky's school superintendents, state agencies and major industries in their efforts to hire more blacks.



The commission publishes the book, Kentucky's Black Heritage, to supplement the statewide educational history curriculum, which omitted the history of African American Kentuckians.


Wonderlic Test Banned by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights: The "Wonderlic" aptitude test judges applicants on information and experiences generally known by white middle class members. Questions include the meaning of such terms as R.S.V.P, A.D., and 45-Love. The commission  made its first application of the 1970 Supreme Court decision in the case of Griggs v. Duke Power, which banned the use of the test.

The Kentucky Civil Rights Act is amended on June 16, 1972, to increase coverage in employment by adding sex and age (40-65). Coverage is extended to prohibit discrimination based on religion in housing. Under the public accommodations law, the act removes the exemption for rooming and boarding houses and barber and beauty shops.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certifies the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights as substantially equivalent to handle federal fair housing complaints. With this certification, the commission begins to enforce the federal housing law in addition to the state law.

On June 22, the commission files an intervening motion requesting the law suit of Louisville, Jefferson County and Anchorage School Systems. The original law suit was initiated by the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) and the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


The commission inaugurates a three-step plan to speed pupil and teacher desegregation in Kentucky's public school systems.

Kentucky real estate industries are required to distribute, free to their customers, fair housing pamphlets ''Memo to Property Owners. Housing Customers - Your Rights and Responsibilities Under Kentucky's Fair Housing Law, developed by KCRR in cooperation with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Kentucky Real Estate Commission.




The Kentucky General Assembly amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act on March 21, 1974, to prohibit sex discrimination in credit, insurance, and public accommodations.

The Kentucky General Assembly repeals five bills that deny equal rights to women.

On March 29, 1974, Governor Wendell H. Ford signs a housing bill that includes compensation for humiliation and establishes a 180 day time limit for filing a complaint.

The commission and the Kentucky NAACP take steps to provide a statewide desegregation plan for Kentucky's colleges and universities to dismantle dual systems of higher education.

53rd Kentucky Governor Wendell H. Ford (Born September 8, 1924) signs a bill that grants damages awards for victims suffering humiliation in fair housing discrimination cases. Ford served as governor from December 7, 1971 – December 28, 1974.


On March 21, the General Assembly removes from Kentucky statues phrases that are discriminatory on the
basis of sex (e.g. man, woman, wife, mother) and substitutes sexually neutral terms such as person, spouse or parent and amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to add sex as a protected class in credit discrimination,
and public accommodations. It makes it illegal to make decisions about issuing or renewing insurance to any person because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

The commission develops a statewide desegregation plan for Kentucky's colleges and universities.




The commission rules to approve discrimination case settlements totaling $45,000 reached with 4 companies: Strong and Gist vs. US Steel, Kirkpatrick vs. Gibraltar Coal Company, Williams vs. International Harvester and Hall vs. South East Coal.


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