WAVE 3 News Editorial – February 4, 2016: Remembering Leaders - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 News Editorial – February 4, 2016: Remembering Leaders

Georgia Davis Powers (Source: WAVE 3 News) Georgia Davis Powers (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Judge Benjamin Shobe (Source: Kentucky Commission on Human Rights) Judge Benjamin Shobe (Source: Kentucky Commission on Human Rights)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Black History month takes on an intense focus locally this week as two icons are laid to rest.

Both Georgia Powers and Benjamin Shobe lived more than nine decades and will be remembered for trailblazing lives dedicated to making our world more just.

All city flags in Louisville are flying at half-staff this week to remember Powers, who helped organize the March on Frankfort 52 years ago to call for legislation to prohibit discrimination in housing and combat other areas of racial bias. She was the first African American to serve in the Kentucky Senate and pushed the bill that made Kentucky the first state in the South to approve fair-housing.

There are currently no African American women in Kentucky's legislature. 

Shobe fought to integrate Louisville's public parks in the 1950s as a pioneering civil rights lawyer, and helped integrate the University of Kentucky law school. He was one of the first African Americans to serve on the circuit court bench.    

The passion demonstrated by both Powers and Shobe personifies so many others who we especially remember this month.

Emulating their courage and conviction would certainly be a fitting tribute. 

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