"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
-From Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning"
Beginning with today's issue and continuing through the month of February, the Central Kentucky News-Journal will be running a four-part series highlighting Campbellsville residents in honor of Black History Month.
Throughout February, readers will find stories of those who have experienced racism, discrimination and segregation, a few more so than others. There will also be stories of triumph - people who overcame the barriers to become professionals, church leaders, business owners and more.
While it's embarrassing and hurtful that any community would have ever engaged in practices such as segregation, Campbellsville and Taylor County seemed to have embraced the changes that integration brought without the violence that erupted in so many places.
Like most communities, ours has moments in its history of which its residents aren't proud. But as we explore the history of this community's black heritage, we think Campbellsville and Taylor County can be proud that when justice, fairness and equality were seeking their rightful places in society, this community embraced them much more quickly than did many others.
Perhaps by looking at where we've been and how far we've come as a community, we'll never go back to times we aren't proud to remember.