LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 14, 2016) — The Muhammad Ali Center, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Louisville, is proud to announce its upcoming Daughters of Greatness speaker: Suzy Post. Post will speak at the Center on Friday, January 22nd at 8:30 a.m.
Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.
Suzy Post was born in 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of first-generation German Jewish immigrants. Suzy dedicated her life early on to the fight against inequality in this country. After World War II she became a tireless supporter of Civil Rights, joining the NAACP and participating in demonstrations through the 1960s and 1970s. In 1968, she was elected President of what is now the ACLU of Kentucky and created this Commonwealth’s first statewide Women’s Conference. Working at the Presbyterian Seminary’s Prophetic Ministry Department, she advised students about welfare and tenant rights. In addition, she organized the largest demonstration in the state’s history when our President called for the bombings in Cambodia: 6,000 people assembled in downtown Louisville and marched to a local high school for speeches. She rushed from her son Ben’s bar mitzvah to help lead the walk of protesters.
Working at the Jefferson County Human Relations Commission, she addressed issues of school desegregation, and, in 1970, she was elected to the National Board of the ACLU and became its Vice President in 1972. She worked alongside national leaders on issues such as women’s rights, and was a key resource for helping Kentucky women who were imprisoned or had just been released.
Post became Director of the ACLU of Kentucky, and in that capacity, supervised a lawsuit to force the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to name black referees to its rule book. She also advocated for numerous social causes, and in 1998, she became the founding director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition.
Suzy Post is a legend in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and in her beloved hometown of Louisville. In October 2013, a Suzy Post Roast and Toast honored her in her 80th year and raised nearly $200,000 for Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC), an organization that serves the Russell neighborhood and other economically stressed Louisville areas. Suzy would only agree to be honored at the event if it raised funds for LCCC.
She has received numerous awards from many state and local organizations, including the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame 2007. She remains a member of the NAACP, the ACLU of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. On January 19, 2014, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented Suzy Post with the prestigious Mayor’s Freedom Award, a culmination of her hard work and dedication to the causes she had been fighting for more than a quarter-century.
The Daughters of Greatness event will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:30am and the program will follow from 9:00-10:00am. Tickets are $20 for Ali Center Members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students with I.D.s, and $200 for a table of 10. Seating is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance here or by contacting Erin Herbert at (502) 922-5341.
The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org
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