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Former Senator Georgia Powers Attended Program Highlighting Her Career

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Anne Onyekwuluje, Associate Professor of Sociology at WKU, spoke about her book titled Georgia Powers: A Grassroots Civil Rights Leader in Kentucky on Thursday, February 9 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Former Senator Powers was present at the event. She spoke to the audience and answered their questions. The event concluded with a book signing by both speakers.

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Bowling Green, Ky. – Former Senator Georgia Powers will be in attendance at the upcoming WKU Libraries Kentucky Live event on Thursday, February 9 at Barnes & Noble. In conjunction with Black History Month, Anne Onyekwuluje, Associate Professor of Sociology at WKU, will be speaking about “Georgia Powers: A Grassroots Civil Rights Leader in Kentucky” on Thursday, February 9 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers from 7-8 pm.

Elected in 1966, Senator Powers was the first woman and the first African-American to serve in the Kentucky Senate. She refused to be defined by labels, sponsored a number of important pieces of legislation during her 21 years of service, and had an enormous and continuing effect on Kentucky society. Onyekwuluje will be discussing her new biography of the Senator, Historical Influence: Reading Georgia Powers as a Grassroots Civil Rights Leader in the Rough Business of Kentucky Politics.

Bryan Carson, WKU Library Public Services professor, reviewed the book, stating that Onyekwuluje “has shined a spotlight on a very unique woman. Georgia Powers served her state well during an important time, and her legacy continues today. Thanks to Onyekwuluje, we can pay tribute to this ‘force of nature.’”

This program is FREE and open to the general public. For more information about upcoming speakers, contact Brian Coutts, Department Head for Library Public Services, at 745-6121.

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