Covington Students, Citizens to Join in 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March in Frankfort
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:02 RCN Newsdesk
Ten thousand people from all over Kentucky gathered on a bitterly cold March 5 day in 1964 before the State Capitol to demonstrate their support for a statewide public accommodations bill.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined other national speakers such as Jackie Robinson and the Reverend Ralph Abernathy. Folk singers Peter, Paul, and Mary performed.
The march is credited with landing a national spotlight on the Commonwealth and helping to end overt segregation in Kentucky and ultimately leading to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.
On Wednesday, the State Capitol will be filled with marchers again to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the significant event.
Various organizations are involved in the organization of the commemorative march, including the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights which will use the event to push legislators to support House Bill 70 which would restore voting rights to former felons.
The Commission encourages attendees to bring their own signs for issues that they support individually, as well.
The event begins at 10 a.m.
The Goverrnor’s mansion will also open its new educational wing and all are invited to visit.
On that same day, the Frankfort History Museum and the KY History Society will open its doors with civil rights exhibits highlighting the original March on Frankfort.
Covington students and citizens to attend
Members of the Covington Human Rights Commission will attend along with other citizens of the city.
A busload of students from Holmes High School will also attend.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to participate in an historic event that affected our state,’’ said Jon Hopkins, a counselor at Holmes High School. “Several students from Covington participated in the March 50 years ago. Some of these individuals will be marching once again. This is a great way to tie the present with the past.’’
Hopkins said the march will be a great learning experience for students.
“Many of the freedoms we take for granted today are a result of the sacrifices and hardships many individuals endured,’’ Hopkins said. “This is a small way for each of us to give thanks to these pioneers.’’