OHRC seeks additional funds, promotes black history

February 13, 2020 | 12:05 am

Updated February 12, 2020 | 8:58 pm

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The Owensboro Human Relations Commission is hoping to get additional funds to host more community events as well as comply with city mandates and other housekeeping expenses.

Anna Kuthy, commission treasurer, said during a meeting Tuesday that OHRC will request $5,000 from the City for community events next fiscal year.

Kuthy and the volunteer board members also brainstormed some measures that could help the organization be more transparent with the public and be better stewards of city funds.

Jaklyn-Mahree Hill, interim administrative assistant, told board members during the meeting that there were four cases of alleged discrimination reported to OHRC since January.

She said OHRC has documented these cases and are utilizing the Kentucky Human Rights Commission to assist those affected.

The commission highlighted several key events taking place for Black History Month:

  • Diversity Dialogue:
    • A discussion of the 2019 movie Harriet at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday at Moore Center, 717 Frederica Street. Lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and Office of Student Activities at Brescia University.
  • Soul Food Dinner
    • The dinner is at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Moore Center. The deadline to RSVP is Feb. 17. The event is sponsored by Black Student Union and Student Activities Program Board at Brescia University.
  • Black History Trivia Night
    • Trivia begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Moore Center. There will be pizza and prizes for the winners. The event is sponsored by Black Student Union with Brescia University.
  • Preserving Local Black History
    • Michael Morrow, director and archivist of Seek African American Museum in Russellville, will be sharing how people can preserve historical artifacts, documents and photos in a way that honors the past and future. The event is at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at the H.L. Neblett Community Center, 801 W 5th Street.

February 13, 2020 | 12:05 am

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