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NKY African-American Leader Inducted into State Civil Rights Hall of Fame

A Northern Kentucky man was among 19 inductees into the state's Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights celebrated its new class of inductees on Thursday night in Louisville.

Among the new members of the hall of fame is Fermon Wendell Knox, of Erlanger, who died in 2001.

According to the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, Knox was instrumental in local efforts against segregation. He worked to integrate Covington Independent Schools and was president of the Northern Kentucky NAACP. He lobbied the state and the federal government to change discriminatory housing policies, and was the first director of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission.

He also served as executive director of the Louisville Action Commission and spent 31 years as head of Emmanuel Community Center in Cincinnati, retiring from there in 1997.

The event was produced by the Kentucky Human Rights Commission and cosponsored by the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the University of Kentucky.

The 2017 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees

Jennifer Kumari Adams-Tucker (of Louisville)

Michael Aldridge (of Louisville)

The late Muhammad Ali (of Louisville); b. 1942 d. 2016)

The late Alfred M. Carroll (of Louisville); b. 1912 d. 1966

Father Patrick Delahanty (of Louisville)

The late Martha “Momfeather” Erickson (of Shepherdsville); b. 1939 d. 2017

Ira Grupper (of Louisville)

The late John E. Haycraft (of Louisville); b. 1908 d. 1982

The late W. J. Hodge (of Louisville); b. 1920 d. 2000

The late Fermon Wendell Knox (of Erlanger); b. 1923 d. 2001

Brenda Martin (of Russell)

The late Rev. K.L. Moore (of Frankfort); b. 1923 d. 2006

The late Charles B. Nuckolls Sr. (of Ashland); b. 1891 d. 1965

Renee Shaw (of Lexington)

The late Leslie Shively Smith (of  Drakesboro); b. 1908 d. 1997

The late Archie Surratt (of Frankfort); b. 1919 d. 2003

David W. Tandy (of Louisville)

The late Joan Neal Taylor (of Lexington) b. 1934 d. 2013

The late Joseph Mansir Tydings (of Louisville); b. 1905 d. 1974

-Staff report

Image: Fermon Wendell Knox (provided)