Upcoming Events

2nd Mondays

FORR Monthly Meetings

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Alumni House at Kentucky State University

Event Details

2nd Mondays

FORR Monthly Meetings

 Please join us at the KSU Alumni House to learn more about what we do and, if interested, become a member.  


From East Main, turn onto Douglas. Turn at the first left.  

The KSU Alumni House will be on your right, across from the Bradford Hall parking lot. 

On the KSU campus map, Bradford Hall is #23, with parking on the right. 

The Alumni House is not numbered on the map.


http://kysu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/campus-map.pdf

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Alumni House at Kentucky State University

Past Events

10/12/2019

Capital Pride Festival

11 am - 5pm

Old State Capitol

Event Details

10/12/2019

Capital Pride Festival

FORR will have an information table, so come visit and learn about us. 

11 am - 5pm

Old State Capitol

10/5/2019

South Frankfort Neighborhood Association Fall Picnic

4pm - 8pm

Dolly Graham Park

Event Details

10/5/2019

South Frankfort Neighborhood Association Fall Picnic

FORR will have an information table, so come visit and learn about us.

4pm - 8pm

Dolly Graham Park

9/27/19

The Singing Bridge: A Photographic Memorial to Lynching Victims in the Capital of Kentucky

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Capital City Museum

Event Details

9/27/19

The Singing Bridge: A Photographic Memorial to Lynching Victims in the Capital of Kentucky

Please join us for the opening reception of this Louisville Photo Biennial exhibit with photography by Rebekah Berry, Patrick J. Mitchell, Marjorie Guyon, Amani Nichae, and Kavon Sünde. This is part of a gallery hop with the four other Frankfort venues hosting exhibits for the Biennial.

In the United States, thousands of African Americans were lynched in an effort to terrorize black communities and prevent them from exercising their new rights and enjoying their new freedoms. In Kentucky, the Equal Justice Initiative has verified (with 3 independent sources) 169 victims in Kentucky between the years of 1877 and 1950 alone. In Franklin County, there were two men lynched who fit into those parameters: Mr. Marshall Boston and Mr. John Maxey. But we also know of four others who were lynched before 1877: Mr. Charles, Mr. Jim Macklin, Mr. Henry Washington, Mr. Harry Johnson, and one victim whose name was unknown. In addition, as FORR members began talking to the community about lynching, we heard from multiple sources about two boys who were lynched on the closed down bridge by the Farmer's Market for crossing over into a white neighborhood.  While we have no documentation about it, we heard from both black and white people. This site has been included to honor those victims whose murders may not have left a paper trail.


The Singing Bridge: A Photographic Memorial to Lynching Victims in the Capital of Kentucky honors the memory of those who lost their lives as well as those who lived in terror under the ever-present threat of being lynched and losing loved ones to lynching. It asks viewers to learn about, think about, and care about this part of our history and how it still affects members of our community today, and to realize that if it still affects some in our community, it affects our community as a whole.

Hate crimes and participation in white supremacist and white nationalist groups have been increasing over the past few years, and it's vital that Frankfort and Franklin County are prepared to address issues of racism as they arise around us. If we understand our history and how much violence and hatred we've already perpetrated and endured, then we will be much better equipped to fight it today and prevent it tomorrow. This is a painful and uncomfortable issue to talk about, but if we don't learn to have these difficult conversations, we are more likely to repeat the mistakes and atrocities of our past. As the capital of Kentucky, we are in a unique position to take the lead on this issue. Focus on Race Relations invites you to come join us on that journey.

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Capital City Museum

8/18/2019

A Soil Collection Service

2:00 p.m.

River Room, Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Frankfort

Event Details

8/18/2019

A Soil Collection Service

In memory of  

Mr. John Maxey, June 3, 1909

Mr. Marshall Boston, August 14, 1894

and the other individuals  whose 

lives were tragically lost to lynchings in Franklin County.


Presented by Focus on Race Relations: Frankfort

with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama

 https://eji.org/ 


2:00 p.m.

River Room, Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Frankfort

8/10/2019

Pic Pac Thank You & Farewell Day!

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dolly Graham Park Pavillion, 225 River Road, South Frankfort

Event Details

8/10/2019

Pic Pac Thank You & Farewell Day!

 We want to show our appreciation for, and bid farewell, to the Pic Pac grocery store owners and employees. They have given to just about every group, agency, organization, and church in Frankfort. Thank you to Danny and Sheila Bryant and to ALL the employees and staff ❤️❤️❤️! 

Free Hot dogs will also be available thanks to the Kiwanis!

Event hosted by FORR and Together Frankfort.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2279048045745155/ 

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dolly Graham Park Pavillion, 225 River Road, South Frankfort

8/2/2019

FORR featured at Summer Concert

7pm - 10pm

Old Capital Building, 300 W Broadway

Event Details

8/2/2019

FORR featured at Summer Concert

Downtown Frankfort's Summer Concert Series on the lawn of the Old State Capital Building features a different non-profit each week. Focus on  Race Relations Frankfort has been selected as the featured non-profit this week.  Come learn about us there. 


https://visitfrankfort.com/event/2019-downtown-frankfort-summer-concert-series/2019-08-02/

7pm - 10pm

Old Capital Building, 300 W Broadway

2/11/2019

Be the Bridge - Informational Session

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Paul Sawyier Public Library, Community Room

Event Details

2/11/2019

Be the Bridge - Informational Session

 Using curriculum and discussion outlines from Be the Bridge, starting in late February we began hosting groups for White Bridge Builders and will soon facilitate multiracial Be the Bridge Discussion Groups. 

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Paul Sawyier Public Library, Community Room

February 2019

Truth and Resolution Luncheon

Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room

Event Details

February 2019

Truth and Resolution Luncheon

FORR: Frankfort sponsored an event to facilitate learning and conversations between officials at Kentucky State University and officials in city and county government.  

Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room

Events

2018

Candidate Forums

Kentucky State University

Event Details

2018

Candidate Forums

FORR: Frankfort held two candidate forums on race relations which were well attended by candidates and constituents. These forums gave candidates the opportunity to share their current understanding of racism and privilege. This also served to start a community dialogue about these issues and how they play out locally.

Kentucky State University