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Chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Louisville, the Honorable Denise Clayton, will be the guest speaker at the Modernette Civic Club 26th annual African-American Heritage Breakfast.

The Honorable Denise Clayton, chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Louisville, will be the guest speaker at the Modernette Civic Club 26th annual African-American Heritage Breakfast.

The breakfast is slated for 8 a.m. Feb. 22 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive.

According to, Clayton became the first black woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2007. She began serving as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals on June 1, 2018, after being elected to that position by her fellow Court of Appeals judges. The chief judge provides administrative oversight to the Court of Appeals and serves for a four-year term. She had been chief judge pro tem since July 2016.

“This year we wanted to focus on civil rights and justice issues, so she was recommended by one of the members,” said event chairperson, The Rev. Lisa Balboa, pastor of Freeman Chapel CME church. “As we think about different things in Black History Month, they have the opportunity to hear a woman who has made history, right here in Kentucky.”

Modernette Civic Club President Billie Todd said she is proud to have Clayton speak at the event.

“We try to bring in African-Americans who can enlighten the community from various walks of life …,” she said. “Hopefully this will help enlighten some of our young people. Part of our mission is education, not only through our scholarship but exposing them to someone who has gone on and done well.”

The event will include special music by the Durrett Avenue Male Chorus.

“We are looking forward to hearing from them. They are very talented,” Balboa said.

Todd said she has witnessed the growth of their group and this event throughout the years.

“We are a civic club and we want to educate the community. I’ve seen growth in the community, as far as education during Black History Month,” she said.

“When we started 26 years ago, we started at Virginia Street Baptist Church. We went to the Pioneers; outgrew the Pioneers. We went to the Holiday Inn for one year and it was tight. That’s how we ended up at the Convention Center because we have grown so. People look forward to it.”

In addition to growing in numbers, Todd said they have increased in diversity.

“We are becoming more and more diverse in our audience,” she said. “I’m really proud. We appreciate the support from the community. If we didn’t have community support we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Tickets for the African-American Heritage Breakfast are available for $20 per person by calling 270-305-6204 or 885-5276.

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