MLK Day http://wfpl.org en Mayor Greg Fischer to Present Ishmon Burks With Freedom Award http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-present-ishmon-burks-freedom-award <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has chosen former Kentucky Secretary of Justice Ishmon Burks to be the 2013 recipient of the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.</p><p>Burks is a retired army colonel who also served as the first African-American commissioner of the Kentucky State Police. In 2011, he<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/12/05/breaking-fischer-will-name-ishmon-burks-as-interim-chief/"> served as interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department</a> and as Fischer’s chief of public safety.</p><p>Burks says he is humbled by the mayor’s choice, and accepts the Freedom Award with a sense of gratitude.</p><p>"I wasn’t quite sure how to take it, but he said ‘I think you’re the man’ and I said mayor if you think so it’s fine with me. And so I was surprised by the whole thing," he says.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3527 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer to Present Ishmon Burks With Freedom Award