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Kentucky by Heart: Amid horrors of racial intolerance in post-Civil War Ky., some stood and said no more

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist In an attempt to further educate myself on the roots of today’s social/racial unrest, particularly in regard to how it relates to Kentucky, I pulled from my shelves Dr. George C. Wright’s illuminating book, Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940, published in 1990. I intended to read it long ago, partly because I know George from including him in volume two...

Everyday Heroes: ‘No excuses’ mindset leads from housing projects to college presidency

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Dr. Wright continues to serve as president of Prairie View A&M University.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   When George Wright was growing up in Lexington’s Charlotte Court housing project over 50 years ago, he did everything he could to mask what he considered...