Mrs Amo Peters




Amo Peters has received many awards for community service which has spanned more than 30 years. She has been on the board for the Housing Authority since 1988 when she was appointed by then-mayor Harriet Cartmell. She was elected Chairman of the Board in 1992, 1993, and 2003. The crowing achievement in her long history of public service was the dedication of the Amo Peters Center at the Housing Authority of Maysville in 1998. The building has hosted Leadership Kentucky, college classes, tutoring programs, computer classes, mission outreach from area churches, conferences, and other activities. Mrs. Peters is a retired licensed practical nurse who worked at the Hayswood Hospital for 30 years. Her care extended beyond the hands-on bodily needs to a spiritual and emotional dimension that seems to come so naturally to her. She is a woman of great faith and understanding. Peters has also served on the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Board, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund Board, the Buffalo Trace Ageing Advisory Board, the Interagency Council and the Buffalo Trace Senior Olympics Steering Committee,

In 1981 Mrs. Peters was honored as the Outstanding Black Woman by the Black Coalition. Four years later the Black Caucus and Morehead State University presented her with the Community Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Devotion. Mrs. Peters has also received the National Community Service Award in 1989 from the Black Caucus in Washington, D. C. And was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Wallace Wilkinson in 1989. A Certificate of Achievement in Recognition of Outstanding Community Service by the Students United for Minority Awareness at Maysville Community College in 1996 and recognition as one of the 28 most important women in Kentucky in 2003 caps off the list. She has been nominated to the Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

On January 15, 2004 Mrs. Peters received the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission. The award is given to an individual that embodies the spirit and energy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nominees for the award must have a true dedication to King’s dream. Although Mrs. Peters has received many awards over the years, the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award is her favorite.

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