Louisville Civil Rights Leaders Look to Future

by scrosby on July 7, 2008

Members of Louisville’s civil rights community are remembering the efforts of the late Rev. Louis Coleman, who died Saturday at the age of 64. They’re also looking to the future of the movement.

Gracie Lewis with The Kentucky Alliance says no one person can fill Rev. Coleman’s shoes. But – she says – the civil rights movement goes on and she’s worked with Coleman on planning its future.

“One of the things Rev. Coleman always wanted to do is train up a new generation of leaders. Because we know we’re all getting tired,” says Lewis.

Lewis’s organization has an ‘Emerging Leaders’ program. She says they teach participants that it’s each generation’s responsibility to continue the civil rights movement in their own way.

Coleman’s funeral will be held Friday.

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