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Racism and Injustice in Lexington: The Challenges of Working Towards Racial Justice and Equality

This session will examine Lexington's racial past, present and future from the perspective of a native son. Professor Gerald Smith grew up in the East End neighborhood, graduated from Henry Clay High School, and attended the University of Kentucky from 1977-1988. He joined the UK faculty in the Department of History in 1993. As co-chair of Mayor Linda Gorton's recently formed Commission for Racial Justice and Equality in Fayette County, he will discuss the challenges and opportunities in his hometown, in conversation with A&S Interim Dean Christian Brady.