Public interest attorney Maria Mier '08 co-wrote an editorial in The Courier-Journal and The Lexington Herald-Leader reflecting on civil rights and Martin Luther King's legacy in Kentucky. The article was co-written with John Johnson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.
Mier and Johnson write, "As we honor King on this holiday, we must recognize him for what he
truly was — a freedom fighter seeking to upend the unjust status quo.
we draw strength in knowing he did not go it alone. There was a great
tide of people throughout the country and the world who demanded justice
and equality, and this remains true today. Many of those people are
here in Kentucky.
In the 1960s, Kentucky was the nation's
southern civil rights leader. On a day when we remember the work and
life of Martin Luther King Jr., let us also honor our commonwealth's
legacy with reflection and with action."