UK launches Civil Rights and Education Initiative with the NAACP

The University of Kentucky College of Education and the NAACP, the nation’s largest and most preeminent civil rights organization, are launching a groundbreaking collaboration. 


NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell, UK Provost David Blackwell and UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig have signed an agreement to develop an education and research initiative focused on educational equity, civil rights and social justice. 


“Across the nation, Black communities and other historically disenfranchised communities of color are calling for action and demanding justice. As a higher education institution, it is our responsibility to help amplify these voices that have been disregarded for too long," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "At the University of Kentucky, we understand the transformative power of education, and we believe that the struggle for social justice begins in the classroom. That is why the UK College of Education has spent the past year preparing to launch this initiative dedicated to pursuing a high quality and equitable public education system for all. We are honored to collaborate with the NAACP and look forward to what we will accomplish together.” 


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