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Terry R. Cunningham, Maysville, Ky., (1955-). African American. A native of Mayville, Mr. Cunningham helped re-charter the Maysville-Mason County NAACP in 2004. As the local NAACP president, Mr. Cunningham helped bring the state NAACP convention to Maysville in 2009, where he introduced many state Civil Rights leaders to local business, political, educational and religious leaders in his hometown. Mr. Cunningham, as NAACP president, also persuaded the Maysville City Commission to revive the Maysville Human Rights Commission. Mr. Cunningham was the first African American elected the Maysville Board of Education and later became board president, where he helped establish a relationship with the Maysville Community and Technical College to encourage youth to attend college. Mr. Cunningham also chartered buses for students in Mason County to attend special programs by the Kentucky Human Rights Commission that encouraged youth to become lawyers, judges, firefighters and police officers. Mr. Cunningham has fought for better police/community relations and inspired the police chief to seek diversity training for his officers. Mr. Cunningham served six years in the U.S. Army and spent time in Panama. He has received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service and was a union steward for Elco/Textron. He worked to close the achievement gap for minority students as a member of the National Black Caucus of School Board Members.
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