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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Ferguson stirs local civil rights activists

Lamin Swann believes his grandfather would be proud of him for joining protesters and community organizers in Ferguson, Mo., who don’t want the recent killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer ignored. Swann is the grandson of the late William C. Parker, a former vice chancellor of minority affairs at the […]

Monday, August 25th, 2014

NAACP program gets families ready for kindergarten

I hated parent-teacher conferences. Hated them. I never got a sense that the teacher really knew who my children were or anything about them. For example, when we moved back to Lexington in 1983 from Memphis, my daughter and I lived in the Northern Elementary School district. In Memphis, my daughter was in an advanced […]

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

NFL, justice system demean women

When my son played football, starting when he was 8 years old, it was not uncommon to hear coaches shaming players by saying they were playing like girls. Demeaning women continued throughout his sporting career, mostly from coaches. So when I heard all the uproar about the two-game suspension and $58,000 fine handed down to […]

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Native American conference a chance to be enlightened

My first assignment with an Ojibwe Indian photographer was quite a learning experience. I was smart enough to know that everything I had learned about Indians via old-time Western movies was incorrect. However, that left a wide gap in my knowledge of that culture which I had no problem trying to close by asking her […]

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Would-be King assassin found in nursing home

In September, 2007, I wrote what little I knew of Izola Ware Curry, the woman who stabbed and nearly killed Martin Luther King Jr., some 10 years before James Earl Ray succeeded in assassinating the civil rights leader. Curry was 42 when she plunged a letter opener into King’s upper chest as he was autographing […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Violence dims hope of achieving American Dream

I’ve been waiting for someone a lot smarter than I am to come up with a solution for the rash of murders, shootings, robberies, home invasions and unsettling violence that has made headlines in Lexington. That’s when I will dive in, I said, and give all my energy to help with the cure. But if […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Free play about Alzheimer’s seeks to make us more aware

Garrett Davis wrote the play Forget Me Not as a tribute to his grandmother who died of Alzheimer’s disease when he was in college, and to all the family members who cared for her. It is an urban theater play, the genre in which Tyler Perry became famous, that shows the funny, sad and frustrating […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Reunion set for volunteers, staff and students of Family Care Center

When former Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler learned I wanted to talk with him about the Family Care Center, he didn’t wait for my call. Instead, he called me to repeatedly say how proud he is of the program he and former Commissioner of Social Services Barbara Curry and Jean Sabharwal, then-director of the city’s Early […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Home Builders starting two-year apprentice program

The Home Builders Association of Lexington is looking for a few good men and women who want to become skilled workers in the construction industry. Starting in September, classes for carpentry and for heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology will be held in the evenings at the new Building Institute of Central Kentucky, a school […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Counseling service struggling to survive

While it has increasingly become a familiar story, news of yet another valued non-profit losing its funding still packs a surprising wallop. The Family Counseling Service, which was founded in 1900 by then Lexington Mayor H.T. Duncan to “investigate and aid distressed children and families in the community,” may have to close its doors because […]