Governor, Officials Honor Black History Month

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials commemorated Black History month at a state Capitol Rotunda ceremony before statues of President Abraham Lincoln and his confederate counterpart, Jefferson Davis.

During the event Thursday, Beshear said the state has progressed in its racial climate, but some boundaries still exist in Kentucky. He says the state must continue moving forward.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights released a report at the ceremony called "The State of African Americans in Kentucky."

The report finds Kentucky blacks still face high poverty levels and racial disparity in the criminal justice system and are not well-represented in many elected and appointed positions.

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