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Lexington mayor appoints Commission for Racial Justice & Equality

(WKYT) LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – After announcing a new group earlier this month to recommend changes concerning racial equality , Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced Wednesday the appointment of 70 citizens to the group, newly named Commission for Racial Justice & Equality.

Commission for Racial Justice & Equality will seek solutions that dismantle systemic racism in Fayette County.

Mayor Gorton recently appointed to co-chairs, Roszalyn Akins and Dr. Gerald Smith, who helped her name the commission, decide on the topics it will focus on, and choose the members from the many volunteers who were interested in serving.

“Thank you to everyone who has volunteered. I think we’ve got the right people focusing on areas where we need to make progress,” said Gorton, who has given the group a 60-day deadline to make its recommendations. “I understand change won’t happen overnight, but I am determined to make many improvements quickly, and to continue to make immediate changes as opportunities present themselves.”

The group is divided into five subcommittees. Each will have their own objectives with the overall mission to identify systemic and systematic practices of racism in Lexington; assess the historic marginalization of African Americans in this community; and recommend and advocate the systemic […]

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