Kidd, Mae Street, 1904-1999

240 minutes
Chumbley, Kenneth
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African American Community Interviews
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Ms. Kidd discusses her life, including her childhood growing up in Bourbon County. Kidd attended the Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky, and then began working for Mammoth Life Insurance Company, a Louisville-based Black-owned life insurance company. She discusses her career with Mammoth Life, which was interrupted by service in the Red Cross during World War II. She discusses her experiences with the Red Cross, both during her training and during her service overseas. She discusses differences in white attitudes, in particular. She describes her work in public relations and sales after the war, as well as her political career. She was elected to the Kentucky Assembly in 1967 and began serving in 1968. She discusses her attempts to pass legislation to give tax breaks to companies that would provide training to Kentucky residents, and her successful efforts to pass a low-cost housing bill.
African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville, Civil rights demonstrations, Race relations, Public relations, Discrimination in housing, Housing, African American legislators, Insurance agents, Women legislators, Kentucky--Politics and government, Depressions--1929--Kentucky--Louisville, World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects, World War, 1939-1945--African Americans, Lincoln Institute (Simpsonville, Ky.), Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Co. (Louisville, Ky.), American Red Cross, Supreme Life Insurance Company of America, Cunningham, Raoul, Martin, Galen, McGill, Hughes, Nunn, Louie B. (Broady), 1924-2004, Powers, Georgia Davis, 1923-2016, Stanley, Frank L., 1906-1974, Street, H.L., Kidd, Mae Street, 1904-1999