Jefferson County Native Shows Determination

December 10, 2010 in 1920s-30s, 1940s-1950s, 1950s-1960s, 1960s-1970s, Intellectual history, Social history

Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, I was raised by parents who agreed with equality and justice. My mother, Mary Fitzpatrick Singleton, has taught in Catholic elementary schools for more than ten years, while my father, John Alan Singleton, has a degree from the University of Kentucky’s business school and incorporates his scholarly knowledge into each day of work. Both of my parents are role models in my life and help me lead a more respective life of equality. My mother truly reminds me of another special woman from Kentucky as well.

An educator and advocate of womens rights this woman was an extremely important lady in the fight for equality. Lilialyce Akers is a special woman for all Kentuckians to investigate further. Dr. Akers was born in 1927 and has advanced equality in Kentucky since she arrived! As a particpant in the Equal Rights Association (ERA), Dr. Akers displayed her determination for the right of equality in the United States of America.  Akers was also a representative to the UN Commission on Women, and has presented seminars at the UN’s Third and Fourth World Conferences in Kenya and China.

3 responses to Jefferson County Native Shows Determination

  1. This just shows once again it only takes one person to make a change, especially in education. We need more educators like Dr. Akers.

  2. Thanks for sharing your parents as role models. I’m sure you make them very proud! I’ve begun to appreciate the idea that the title of Role Model is not just reserved for an elite, educated, publicly honored, politically active individual, or someone older than ourselves. As most of us have discovered, they are our family, neighbors, friends, children, and someone very ordinary, but with an extraordinary gift.

  3. I’d also like to add classroom peers to that list of role models.

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