Gov. Beshear stresses importance of vaccine accessibility during Louisville NAACP event

Out of all Kentuckians who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, less than 5% are Black.

As health care organizations in the Louisville Metro area work to lower the gap, Gov. Andy Beshear said he also will be doing anything he can to address the inequality.

On Friday, Beshear met with leaders of the Louisville NAACP at their headquarters to speak about the importance of urging people to take the vaccine. He said while it’s an important message coming from him, he has found out, people in minority communities would like to hear that message from people in their own communities.

“People want to see, and hear, from people trusted and respected in their own communities,” Beshear said. “They want to hear those voices saying that this is a safe vaccine. They want to see those leaders, people they already put their trust in and have fought beside, to take this vaccine in a real show.”

Beshear said there are two main factors standing in the way of minorities receiving the vaccine at the expected rate, accessibility and skepticism. He believes the skepticism can be tackled by continuing to work with Norton Healthcare, a local health group that has started an initiative to place pop-up vaccination sites in churches and facilities inside the hardest-hit communities. Beshear believes they are helping people feel comfortable because they are getting vaccinated in places they feel most safe, by people they trust the most.

“It’s always good to see somebody like you take the vaccine or do something,” Kevin James said. “You see somebody like you do it, you feel more susceptible to do it.”

Accessibility can be tackled by making the sites easier to reach through transportation.

“Yesterday we announced public transit agencies across the commonwealth are offering free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine locations,” Beshear said.

Those services are now operating in 100 counties, covering 75% of all counties across the state. In addition to the now 410 vaccination sites in the state, Norton Healthcare has opened pop-up sites at the YMCA on West Broadway, St. Stephen Baptist Church, Bates Memorial Baptist Church, Quinn Chapel AME Church and New Covenant Baptist Church.

If you would like to receive a vaccine but need help with transportation visit this website, or call 855-598-2246.

Beshear joins Louisville NAACP leaders to raise COVID-19 vaccine awareness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Friday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear joined Louisville NAACP leaders to address vaccine hesitancy among Black Kentuckians. 


“After meeting and listening to community leaders, we have learned that Kentuckians want to see and hear from people trusted in their respective communities about why it’s important to take the COVID vaccine,” the governor said. “Today, we thank the NAACP for hosting this event that encourages Black Kentuckians to roll up their sleeves to take their shot of hope.”


Raoul Cunningham, president of the NAACP Louisville chapter, said he welcomed the opportunity to host the event with the Governor.


“African-Americans are infected with COVID-19 at nearly three times the rate of white Americans and are twice as likely to die from the virus,” Cunningham said. “The Louisville Branch NAACP encourages the entire community, especially our constituents, to get the vaccine. We are appreciative to the Governor for coming to our community to emphasize the importance of getting the vaccine, and we look forward to continuing to work with him to rid our community, city, state and nation of this god-awful virus.”


Early in the pandemic, Black and African-American Kentuckians were dying of COVID at twice the rate that they make up of the population.


However, Black Kentuckians only account for 4.6% of those vaccinated so far. The Governor is committed to addressing this inequity.


The event took place at the NAACP chapter’s West Louisville office and several people received vaccines from Norton Healthcare.


In addition to the now 410 vaccination locations across the commonwealth, the state has been working with provider partners like the Norton Healthcare to ensure location is not a barrier for those who want the vaccine.

Norton Healthcare has hosted several pop-up vaccination sites in local churches.


“These vaccines are safe. They are effective. They are saving lives. Please continue to do everything in your power to help us spread that message, so everyone can be protected,” Beshear said.

2020 Louisville Branch Freedom Fund

2020 Louisville Branch Freedom Fund

On November 1, the Louisville Branch NAACP hosted our annual Freedom Fund. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us tonight for the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

A special thank you to our Mistress of Ceremonies, Dawne Gee, special guests; Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), Rev. Dr. Corrie Shull of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, Rev. Robert Drake of New Covenant Baptist Church, and our keynote, Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC)!

Please few the complete program below. #NAACP

‘Protest to Power’ l Louisville Urban League’s early voting caravan continues

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The 2020 general election is just over two weeks away, but the push to get voters to the polls is not slowing down.

Members of Louisville’s Urban League, Until Freedom, and the Louisville branch of the NAACP met at Petersburg Park on Saturday to encourage Newburg residents to get out and vote.

The event, which kicked off on Tuesday when early voting opened, is called “Protest to Power” and includes a pep rally and caravan to different polling locations. 

The caravan made it’s way to the Kentucky Expo Center on Saturday so people who may not have a ride or can’t make it during the week could take advantage of early voting.

Organizers say it’s all about voter engagement in the Black community.

“We want them to come out and make sure they are engaged with voting, and to get them energized,” Sharlis Montgomery, with the Louisville Urban League, said. “You can vote early, we want everyone to vote early and not wait until November the third. So from now until November the second, you got four locations to go to, so that’s why we’re out. Just give me a little music, get on up and follow us to the polls.”

The caravan will continue for the next two weeks on Saturdays leading up to the Nov. 3 election.

For more information about the caravans, click here.

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Louisville Urban League announces ‘Protest to Power’ caravan to the polls starting Tuesday

Louisville Urban League announces ‘Protest to Power’ caravan to the polls starting Tuesday

By Dustin Vogt| October 11, 2020 at 3:53 PM EDT – Updated October 11 at 3:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – With early in-person voting beginning Tuesday, a local group is making sure anyone who needs a ride to vote can get to the polls.

Louisville Urban League is organizing a caravan to the polls, beginning October 13 and taking place every Saturday throughout the end of the month.

The event Tuesday begins at 11 a.m. with food and music at the Louisville Urban League location on West Broadway. The caravan will then leave at noon, heading to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

The caravan will be heading to other polling locations the following weeks.

In Jefferson County, early voting will be available starting October 13 from Monday through Friday at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the KFC Yum! Center, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the Louisville Marriott East. Locations will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The caravan is hosted by the Louisville Urban League, Black Voters Matter, Until Freedom, the Kentucky NAACP, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and others. More info on the event can be found here.

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