Hopkinsville Human Rights Commission Hosts A Virtual Women's History Month Program
In honor of Women's History Month, the Hopkinsville Human Rights Commission (HRC) held a virtual Women's History Month program on Facebook Live from their page @HRCHopkinsville on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 5 p.m.
During this Facebook live event, the following HRC Commissioners were a part of the virtual program: Chair Molly Lewis, Women's History Month Committee Chair Alissa Keller, Carol Kirves, Nichellé Hillis, Delecia Palmer, Palak Patel, and Executive Assistant Raychel Bailey. HRC presented a video created by HRC Commissioner John Richards for the Memorial Tribute: tell herstory, in recognition of three (3) Hopkinsville women who lost their lives to COVID-19. Louise Pendleton Buckner, Ester Butler, and Tara Mahone. If a community member wants to submit a memorial tribute, they can still do so by going to www.hoptown.org/hrc.
HRC offered a $500 Women Educating Women Scholarship through the Give $10 Ask 10 Campaign. The campaign received donations from twenty-five individuals and/or organizations, five of which were local women-owned businesses. Scholarship Applicants were asked to submit a video of their essay to HRC. The top three (3) applicants’ essays were presented during the virtual program.
This year’s scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth “Beth” Peebles, a senior at University Heights Academy. Commissioner Carol Kirves spoke on Beth’s accomplishments, “She has a heart for service and is currently serving on the Jeffers Bend Steering Committee; volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and became founder, president, social media director of the Environmental Club.”
The Fannie Bronson Postell Woman of the Year Award was presented by HRC Board Chair Molly Lewis. She introduced the award by giving a brief history of Fannie B. Postell and noted several of her contributions to our community.
The 2021 Woman of the Year was awarded to Melissa Lynch, Director of the Oak Grove Community Center. Melissa Lynch was described in her nomination as being “a driving force for Good in the Oak Grove/Christian County community. She has gone above and beyond her duties during the very difficult past year. She has been THE one person in the community to provide assistance and stability and raise the spirits of everyone.” Melissa Lynch was nominated by the Honorable Janet Edwards, Oak Grove City Council.
HRC received a total of six nominations for the Woman of the Year Award. Other Nominees included: Brooke Jung, Executive Director of Hopkinsville – Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau (nominated by Whitney Stewart); the Honorable Kisha Miche Jeffery, Oak Grove City Council (nominated by Roger Joiner); Jill Atkins, Attorney (nominated by Kate Russell); Donna Williams, Lay Minister (nominated by Julie-Anna Carlisle); Rose Jackson, Senior Support Staff Specialist at Christian County Health Department (nominated by Niecy Hillis).
HRC Executive Director gave closing remarks during the virtual program. She stated that HRC celebrates and highlights women we should be proud of right here in Christian County. “A hundred years ago, women masked up and hit the streets to fight for the right to vote. We remember them! We also remember who did and did not get the right to vote. We tell herstory in restorative truth-telling and honor the women we lost this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We rise to take their place and march forward. We watched together as a nation as the first woman Vice-President took her oath of office. Yet, we still have to work to do.”
HRC thanks the community for their generous donations in support of the Women Educating Women Scholarship; congratulations to all scholarship applicants and Woman of the Year nominees; congratulations to Beth Peebles and Melissa Lynch; a huge thank you to our wonderful community for your continuous support.
HRC will continue to celebrate Women’s History Month. Like and follow HRC on social media @HRCHopkinsville for more information on upcoming events and programs.