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[3] > Image [3] of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2000-01-jan25.

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

- 2 - Dr. Mather read the following resolution on behalf of Governor Edward T. Breathitt: Edward T. Breathitt Fifty-first Governor of Kentucky, 1963-1967, presided over enormous changes sweeping over the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The clamor for equal opportunities and justice for all along with education, labor, and working conditions, preservation of land and resources, cold field legislation, recreation and tourism, and health and welfare gave him a full agenda while Governor. The betterment of Kentucky and all its citizens were his motivation during his years of Governor and remain his lifetime commitment and joy today. To quote from Harrison and Klotter's History of Kentucky, "The major achievement in integration came about under the new Governor, Edward T. Breathitt, Jr. Attempts to pass a statewide public accommodations bill in 1964 brought The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., The Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and Jackie Robinson to a March rally attended by thousands at the State Capitol in Frankfort. Backed by Governor Breathitt and legislative leaders, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966 passed easily and was signed into law at the base of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Capitol Rotunda. The first such act in the South, the law opened public accommodations to all races and prohibited discrimination in employment." Recently selected as President of the Kentucky Historical Society, this new role is a worthy successor to his leadership to his alma mater as chair and member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. It has been written that we are carved out of time at a time not of our own choosing. We are histories. What we create out of that time is of our own choosing. Governor Breathitt's contributions supported and encouraged by his talented family are generous and without boundaries and for this we express our sincere gratitude. Governor Breathitt was congratulated and received a round of applause. His wife, Lucy, was recognized and asked to come to the front of the room to be with Governor Breathitt. Governor Breathitt was presented a gift from the Board of Trustees, with the following description: To Governor Edward T. Breathitt Chairman, Board of Trustees University of Kentucky 1992-1999 "Education is a journey to the land of a thousand harvests."