The Unity Breakfast is held in October each year in conjunction with the annual Human Relations Week. The recipients of the Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award will be announced at the breakfast. This award is given to an individual or group which has shown outstanding dedication to the improvement of human relations in the area. 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 1950’s and 60’s earned them a posthumous induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2006. A local business owner and president of Blue Lake Block Company, Mr. Thurmond demonstrated his commitment to the civil rights movement by helping to establish the Human Relations Commission, of which Mrs. Bettye Thurmond became executive director.
Nominations are being accepted until October 6th. Forms for the Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award can be found on Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission website hopkinsvilleky.us/services/human_relations/human_relations_week.php
This year’s theme is Together in Love & Unity. Moving forward to embrace an active role in this year’s theme the committee for the Mayor’s Unity Breakfast is launching the Love & Unity Project. The commissioners are asking that you submit a photo of yourself answering this question: “In what practical ways can we demonstrate love and unity in
our city?” within 140 characters or text.
Southern Exposure Photography will be onsite before city council meeting at the Hopkinsville Municipal Center located at 715 S. Virginia Street, Tuesday, September 5th from 4pm until 6pm in conference room 139; to take photos of any of the citizens of Hopkinsville willing to participate.
Photos can be submitted online at the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission website at www.hoptown.org/hrc.
Photos can also be uploaded on several social media platforms by tagging the City or HRC.
Individual tickets ($10.00) or table for eight sponsorships ($80.00) can be purchased at the Municipal Center in the Human Relations Commission or the Mayor’s office or from any member of the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission. For additional information or to reserve tickets or tables, please call (270) 887-4010.