About the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians
The Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians
The mission of the Gallery is to serve as a historical conceptualization designed to help identify, understand and eliminate remaining psychological and sociological vestiges of racial discrimination. “For racism wastes the human potential endangering the public tranquility and compromises the national integrity to the detriment of everyone” C. Eric Lincoln, Race, Religion and the Continuing American Dilemma (1998) p. 275.
The Gallery addresses the racial-ethnic conflict in Kentucky and the nation implicating the basic assumption that knowledge is power. In other words, it is hoped that the powerful influence of the Gallery will change lives and perspectives and most especially that the children of Kentucky will develop a greater respect and tolerance of people of all racial and ethnic groups.
Alvin M. Seals, Retired Associate Professor of Sociology, Kentucky State University; BA, Philander Smith College; MA, University of Kentucky; Doctoral Studies, University of Kentucky; Visiting Faculty Program, Harvard University; A Specialist in Race Relations having lectured and directed seminars across Kentucky on the subject. Seals has been a Visiting Professor at Berea College, The University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.