The rotunda of the state capitol in Frankfort was filled with dozens of people Tuesday morning in celebration of Black History Month.
Special honor was paid to black Kentuckians who have made achievements in the Bluegrass State, or those who have worked for black citizens.
The hour-plus long ceremony paid special tribute to William Arthur "Buddy" Blakey, who died last October.
Blakey is credited with pushing legislative priorities to benefit the nation's black colleges and universities.
"Devoted his life's work to providing educational opportunities to minorities and disadvantaged students," Dan Hall, of the University of Louisville, said. "Tens of thousands of students across this great nation owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Blakey."
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he'd like to see another statue, of Muhammad Ali, put in the state capitol, to honor Ali's life work in breaking down barriers in the black community.