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Call for Nominations for the Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award

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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 Relations Commission.  Nominations, along with a brief bio of explanation, must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018, by email to jamesarae.bush@hopkinsvilleky.us, or by mail to Hopkinsville Human Relations 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, for which Bettye became executive director.  

The 2018 Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award winner will be honored at the Mayor’s Unity Breakfast on Thursday, October 25th at 7:30A.M. at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Dr. Hopkinsville, Ky 42240. Join Mayor Carter Hendricks and keynote speaker, Derrick Ramsey (Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet) for a morning of fellowship and togetherness. $10 donations requested for individual tickets; $100 for a table of 10, and tickets at the door are $15.  For more info, please call (270) 887-4010.

Download a Nomination Form