Reynolds, Louise, 1916-1995

90 minutes
Bobo, Mary
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African American Community Interviews
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Louise Reynolds was the first African American woman elected alderman in the city of Louisville. Ms. Reynolds discusses her work with the Republican Party, including her work as a precinct committeewoman, in the party's headquarters, and for Representative John Robsion. She worked for Robsion in the 1950s, and was elected to Louisville's Board of Alderman in 1961. Ms. Reynolds discusses the legislation passed during her time on the board, including the Public Accommodations Ordinance, the establishment of the Human Relations Commission, and an Equal Opportunity ordinance, and her involvement in trying to pass an open housing ordinance. She discusses the administrations of mayors William Cowger, and to a lesser extent, Kenneth Schmied. She also describes a visit to the White House at the invitation of President Lyndon Johnson. She also worked for the Small Business Administration, and she talks about the advice she gives small businesspeople who approach the SBA for loans, and notes several successful African American businesspeople in Louisville.
African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville, African American politicians, African American businesspeople, African American business enterprises, Women politicians, Civil rights, Louisville (Ky.)--Politics and government, Politicians, Segregration, Discrimination in housing, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission (Louisville, Ky.), Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973, City council members--Kentucky--Louisville, Robsion, John M., Jr., 1904-1990, Reynolds, Louise, 1916-1995, Cowger, William Owen, 1922-1971, Schmeid, Kenneth A., 1911-1973