Allison, Bill

Date:
9-21-2001
Length:
60 minutes
Interviewer:
K'Meyer, Tracy
Transcription available:
yes
Series:
Civil Rights Movement in Louisville
Series ID:
2002_001
Interview Number(s):
2002_1_3
Summary:
Bill Allison, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, acted as an appeals attorney for one of the Black Six defendants, Ruth Bryant. The Black Six were a group of five men and one woman who were prosecuted for inciting rebellion during the Parkland Uprising of 1968. Allison also represented the Black Panthers in Louisville and in Memphis, Tennessee. In this interview, Allison speaks about cases he was involved in involving government repression and retaliation against Civil Rights activists and how he became involved in that work through the Southern Conference Educational Fund, serving as SCEF's lawyer from 1969 to 1974.
Topic(s):
Southern Conference Educational Fund. Black Unity League of Kentucky. Civil rights lawyers. Black Panther Party. 1968 Parkland Uprising. Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville. African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. Anti-war demonstrations.