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Ministers protest lack of African Americans on University of Louisville board

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Protest led by(from right) Milton Seymore, chairman of the Justice Resource Center; Rev. Clay Calloway of the West Louisville Ministers Coalition; and Pastor Jerry Stephenson of the Midwest Church of Christ Protest led by(from right) Milton Seymore, chairman of the Justice Resource Center; Rev. Clay Calloway of the West Louisville Ministers Coalition; and Pastor Jerry Stephenson of the Midwest Church of Christ

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A half-dozen African American community leaders affiliated the Justice Resource Center came to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees meeting Thursday to protest the board’s lack of an African American member, which they say is against state law.

After three recent appointments by Gov. Steve Beshear, the U of L board is without an African American for the first time in decades.

“It’s all right to have black players on the (football) field representing and making money for this university, but the governor has made it clear that African Americans are not welcome to govern the university,” said the Rev. Clay Calloway of the West Louisville Minister’s Coalition.

The protesters spoke to the media outside the trustees meeting.

Beshear has defended the appointments by saying it takes more than one cycle of three vacancies at a time to get the correct board composition.

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