Civil rights groups, Black Legislative Caucus to rally Wednesday for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

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Members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus (KBLC), the NAACP, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will sponsor a statewide rally Wednesday.

The event will begin 11: at30 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda to voice their support for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on display there.
 

Lawmakers and others have called for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statute in the State Capitol. (Kentucky Today/Tom Latek)

“The Capitol of this great Commonwealth is not a fitting place for a statue celebrating the president of the Confederate States of America,” said state Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville, who serves as chair of the KBLC.

“The statue serves as a symbol of bigotry, injustice, and a failed ideology to enslave and brutalize human beings for economic gain. We will gather peacefully to express in the strongest and plainest terms the need for the statue’s removal. In doing so, we hope to encourage Gov. Matt Bevin to join elected officials from across the country who are working to remove these outdated and misguided tributes to the deepest and darkest stain on our nation’s soul.”
 
For more information on the event, contact Rep. Meeks at (502) 741-7464 or by email at reginald.meeks@lrc.ky.gov.

From Legislative Research Commission

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