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The Whites – A Ky. Couple Say Empathy Leads to True Progress

By on March 30, 2017 8:56 pm

Hero’s name: Homer and Mary Lou White

Home city: Georgetown, Kentucky

Organization affiliation: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?

“Mary Lou and Homer White have been members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth since the mid-1990s.

While living in Eastern Kentucky, they were active in the then Pike County chapter around protecting the social safety net that safeguards the most vulnerable among us.

In fact, Homer’s rendition of Good King Wencelas, which is about welfare reform in the 1990s, is a favorite of their current chapter in Scott County, Kentucky.

The couple helped start the Scott County chapter in 2009, working closely with the local unit of the NAACP around the issue of voting rights for former felons.

As the chapter has grown over the years, they have spearheaded ongoing efforts around curbside recycling, engaging with elected officials.

They also support a new push to help get a non-discrimination ordinance (a family effort that includes great work from their daughters, Clare and Catherine) that would include protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in Georgetown.

A librarian and math professor by trade in their community of Georgetown, they both emphasize the need for discussion and learning around important issues.

They envision a community where people come together to try to understand what others experience.

They believe that approach will break down false differences and real barriers around race and class and create a compassionate society that offers basic protections and a hand up for those who need it.”

Honored by: Jessie Skaggs of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth 

Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.

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