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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
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
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
To Governor Edward T. Breathitt
Chairman, Board of Trustees
University of Kentucky
"Education is a journey to the land of a thousand harvests."