From Andy Beshear <[email protected]>
Subject There is no Kentucky history without Black history
Date February 17, 2022 3:00 PM
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February is Black History Month – a time to recognize and celebrate the profound contributions Black Americans have made to our country.

There is no Kentucky history without Black history. For centuries, Black Kentuckians have helped pave the way and shaped not only our Commonwealth's history, but American history.

Charles Young was born into slavery in Mays Lick and went on to become a pioneer soldier who was the highest-ranking Black officer in the military when he was medically discharged. Mary E. Britton grew up in Lexington during the Civil War and was a teacher, activist, and first Black female doctor in Kentucky. Moneta Sleet Jr. made history as the first Black man to win the Pulitzer in photography. And Muhammad Ali broke barriers to become the greatest boxer of all time.

While we honor and celebrate the achievements of Black Americans this month, we also commit to working toward a more just and equitable Commonwealth.

As governor, I'm working to address racial inequity in COVID-19 vaccine administration, increase access to health insurance, implement changes to our education system that would help prioritize Black students, and more.

I hope you'll join me this month in honoring the remarkable Black Americans who have made the Bluegrass State what it is today and commit to the fight for a more just and equitable world where every person is treated with dignity and respect.

Thank you,


Andy Beshear for Governor
PO Box 4278
Louisville, KY 40204
United States
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