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Robert A. Coleman, Paducah, Ky. (1932- ): Mr. Coleman, a lifetime member of his local NAACP chapter, has served as a city commissioner in Paducah since 1973, including six years as mayor pro tem. As a city commissioner for more than 25 years, he was at the forefront of major civil rights changes in Paducah. He helped the city hire its first black police and fire chiefs. He was the first African American director of personnel and director of solid wastes and the first black director of building maintenance and 911 emergency communications. Mr. Coleman was the first African American to serve as president of the Paducah Local of the National Association of Letter Carriers Union and the first to serve as chairman of the executive board of the Kentucky State Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
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