Bryant, Ruth

Date:
9-27-1999
Length:
180 minutes
Interviewer:
K'Meyer, Tracy
Transcription available:
yes
Series:
Civil Rights Movement in Louisville
Series ID:
2002_001
Interview Number(s):
2002_1_16
2002_1_17
2002_1_18
Summary:
Civil Rights Activist Ruth Bryant (1923-2013) speaks about her childhood and family history growing up in Detroit; her move to Louisville and observations about housing available to Black Louisvillians; how she became interested in and active in the open housing movement; her work with Committee on Community Development oversaw all federal funding that came into Louisville and how it was dispersed; and her involvement with other organizations such as the West End Community Council, Head Start, Citizens' Advisory Committee under the Urban Renewal Program, Black Unity League of Kentucky, and Women United for Social Action. She also talks about her arrest at open housing demonstrations and her memories of the 1968 Parkland Uprising. She mentions but does not speak at length about being one of the "Black Six," a group of Black Louisvillians accused of inciting rebellion during the 1968 Parkland Uprising and charged with conspiracy to destroy property and to blow up West End chemical plants.
Topic(s):
Women in community organization. Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville. African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville. African American neighborhoods--Kentucky--Louisville. African American women--Civil rights. Black Unity League of Kentucky. 1968 Parkland Uprising. Segregation--Kentucky--Louisville. Race relations--Kentucky--Louisville. Discrimination in housing--Kentucky--Louisville.