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Pair of friends with different backgrounds share positivity

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 08:14:33-04

DANVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The recent protests and racial tensions in Kentucky and across the country have inspired two Boyle County men to share the positivity that has come from their decades of friendship.

Michael Sleet and Shawn Smith have been friends for 24 years. Despite Michael being a University of Louisville fan and Shawn being a University of Kentucky fan, the pair have put their differences aside and become family.

"We travel together, we shop together, we cook out. I mean we do everything together," Sleet said.

Everything, including working at the Danville Mailing Center. The two say they hope their friendship can help bring some positivity to someone's life.

"Don't look at color, look at the person as a human being," Sleet said. "Build your friendship on getting to know what that person brings to the table. Not what they look like or what color they are. Give somebody a chance."

Michael says that's exactly what he did when he met Shawn in 1996.

"We want our kids to see the love we have for each other and hopefully that will continue to inspire them to love everyone and have friendships like this," Smith said.

The two friends are inspiring kindness, respect and love through friendship.