LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In Louisville and throughout the Commonwealth flags have been lowered in honor of State Senator Georgia Davis Powers who passed away January 30 at the age of 92.
"There's not a life that she didn't meet that she didn't change for the better," said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes during a February 1 ceremony outside Louisville Metro Hall. "She's an icon, she's a pioneer, she is a legend."
Powers, who served as a state senator for 21 years, led the National Civil Rights movement along with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. As a proud Kentuckian Powers encouraged many current officials and leaders to go into politics.
"he image that comes to my mind is a steel magnolia," Louisville Metro Councilman David Tandy said. "No I'm not talking about the movie. But what I am talking about is a southern, gentile lady through and through, who was tough as nails."
"We all know her and know her as a woman of great compassion and dedication," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "Fierce, but calm, and certainly cool."
Grimes among other politicians said Powers is one of the reasons she entered the political spectrum.
"Senator Georgia Davis Powers is someone who changed my life," said Grimes.
Flags across Kentucky will remain lowered until her funeral.