Call for Nominations for the Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award
If you know someone in the Hopkinsville-Christian County area who’s making a difference to improve the community through his/her dedication to human relations, please nominate them for the Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award presented by the Hopkinsville Human Rights Commission. Nomination forms, along with a brief bio of explanation, must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Hopkinsville Human Rights Commission at 715 South Virginia Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.
The award is named for Hal Thurmond and his wife Bettye whose work to integrate housing, lunch counters, and public schools and to improve race relations in Christian County in the 1950s and ‘60s earned them a posthumous induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in the fall of 2006. Owner of Blue Lake Block Co. and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Thurmond demonstrated his commitment to the civil rights movement by helping to establish the Human Relations Commission (now known as the Human Rights Commission), for which Bettye became executive director.
The 2019 Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award winner will be honored at the Unity Breakfast on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 AM at The Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Dr. Hopkinsville, Ky 42240. Join the Human Rights Commission and keynote speaker, Raoul Cunningham (State President of the NAACP) for a morning of fellowship and togetherness. $15 donations requested for individual tickets; $150 for a table of 10, and tickets at the door are $20. Sponsorships are also available. For more info please call (270) 887-4010.
Past Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award winners include:
2018 Joetta Stewart
2017 Barney Bishop 2011 Nikki Radford 2005 Wally Bryan
2016 Wanda Bonnie Lynch 2010 Elaine Love 2004 Marby Schlegel
2015 Angie Major 2009 Jessie Quarles 2003 Penny Chewning
2014 Rev. Tom Bell 2008 Charles Turner 2002 Wynn & Linda Radford
2013 Kurt & Susan Anderson 2007 Suzy Schlegel 2001 Wendell Lynch
2012 Rev. Buddy Slaughter 2006 Mary Smith 2000 Garnett Smith