Martha Layne Collins was nominated for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame for several reasons. Those who nominated her highlighted how Collins could use her abilities to “break down barriers” to benefit those groups that were being discriminated against. Also mentioned was her work with the Japanese while she was governor. Her overseas worked helped to lift racial discrimination for Japanese nationally. Collins was passionate about education, having been a teacher herself, she pushed for education reform throughout schools, but particularly in Kentucky’s elementary schools.
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