A Middlesboro resident has been reappointed to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR). Gov. Steve Beshear reappointed Samuel R. Coleman Jr. for a term expiring Sept. 12, 2015. Coleman serves as one of 11 members on the board of commissioners.
The KCHR receives, initiates, investigates, conciliates and rules upon jurisdictional complaints alleging violations of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. The commission was created to ensure equality in Kentucky, and their purpose is to protect anyone from discrimination by enforcing the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.
The KCHR is mandated to educate members of the public about their rights under the law to live free from discrimination in Kentucky. The agency also conducts a comprehensive program of education, training, outreach, partnerships and public awareness initiatives to vigorously carry out this task.
As a part of that mission to educate people, the commission gave a presentation to students of Middlesboro High and Middle schools in February. Ideas such as the Jim Crow laws in Kentucky and African American accomplishments in the state were visited during the presentation.
Outside of his work with the commission, Coleman is the Center Director for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He has worked for the center for 11 years.
He has also served as an officer in the United State Marine Corp., a territory manager for Mobile Oil and marketing representative for Exxon Mobile Oil Corporation. Sam remains involved in his community by serving as a commissioner for the Kentucky African America Heritage Commission and board member for the Tri-Cities Heritage Development Corporation.