Ashland community activist, school board member dies

Published: Mar. 12, 2018 at 5:54 PM EDT
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Carol Jackson, an Ashland Independent Schools board member and community activist, has passed away, the city of Ashland says.

City officials say she died Saturday after battling an illness.

Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore released the following statement:

"Carol Jackson exemplified service, commitment and dedication for all the right reasons in every endeavor. A true community Pillar, especially for those in need. Carol Jackson, my Friend, will be missed but not forgotten. Our deepest sympathy to Charles and Family.”

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights also released a statement:

“We mourn the loss of one of Kentucky’s true champions of equality,” said John J. Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. “In her many roles of leadership and service, Commissioner Jackson took actions throughout her life to stand up for the rights of oppressed and marginalized people, and she was determined to make a real difference.”

Jackson was inducted into the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2012, one year before she became a state human rights commissioner.

She served on the board of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, representing the 7th Supreme Court District, since October 2013. In this role, she helped lead the commission in enforcing the state and federal laws that make discrimination illegal.

According to her death notice, Jackson was the first African American woman elected to the Ashland Independent Board of Education.