Mfume to speak at civil rights conference

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will host Kweisi Mfume, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People later this month. The civil rights leader is traveling to Louisville to speak at the organization’s 50th Anniversary Civil and Human Rights Conference.

The former five-term Democratic congressman is the keynote speaker at the conference, which is being held Oct. 14 from noon to 2 p.m., at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. The event is open to the public and costs $25.

The luncheon is also honoring Galen A. Martin, who was the first executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights starting from its inception in 1960. During the Civil Rights Movement, Martin pushed for landmark desegregation and civil rights legislation and was a key author of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which passed in 1966, making discrimination illegal at the state level . The commonwealth became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to pass such a law.

Attendees of the luncheon are being encouraged to participate in the rest of the activities. There will be sessions on equal access and fairness in the courts, immigrants and their struggles in Kentucky and a history and overview of minority business across the state. There will also be a meeting of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Directors to rule on discrimination complaints on behalf of people in the state.