She was late for the ceremony, and with good reason.
Beverly Watts, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, spoke Friday at the dedication of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame exhibit during the grand opening of the expanded and renovated Carl M. Hill Student Center at Kentucky State University.
Before she arrived at KSU, Watts attended the 11 a.m. memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda for former Gov. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt, 78, one of the 2000 inaugural inductees into the state Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Breathitt, who signed the Kentucky Civil Rights Act into law in 1966, "was a real giant in civil rights in this country," Watts said.
She asked the large crowd gathered in the front lobby of the Hill Student Center to have a moment of silence in "honor of the courage, dedication and commitment of people like Ned Breathitt and other Hall of Fame persons."