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Bryant discusses her childhood in Detroit, Michigan, where her father was involved in fair housing work. The interview also includes recollections of her education at a private girls' school in Washington, D.C. and at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received an AB in history; her move to Louisville with her husband, a physician; her work with the West End Community Council; and involvement with the Black Six conspiracy trial.
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.
Discusses 1968 Parkland Uprising and neighborhood history (emphasis on Shively race relations during the 1960s and 1970s). Interview index available
Mrs. Butler discusses her recollections of Simmons University beginning around 1909; the General Association of Kentucky Baptists (formerly the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky); and the American Baptist newspaper beginning around the 1930s; I. Willis Cole, editor of the Louisville Leader; and Reverend William H. Ballew of the General Association of Kentucky Baptists.
Mrs. Butler is one of Mammoth Life Insurance Company's vice presidents as well as its secretary. She discusses her career and memories of her father, Henry E. Hall, who was one of the founders of the company. She also discusses the Walnut Street black business district and Mammoth Life's building there before the 1965 Urban Renewal program.
Mrs. Casey is the daughter of William Jones, the first black licensed electrician in Kentucky. She discusses her family history, her father's work and her own life.
Mr. Clay discusses growing up in segregated Louisville and the influence his mother, a teacher, and his father, who held several jobs, had on his life. He discusses the heyday of the black business district on Walnut Street and the activities he would engage in there as a child. Mr. Clay then discusses his education in Ohio and Louisville, where he attended Bellarmine College. He explains his involvement with the Poverty Project and other community based improvement programs in Louisville. Mr. Clay describes the shop he opened in 1967 called The Corner of Jazz which became an important local center for African American gatherings and discussions. He discusses the events leading up to the civil disturbance on May 29th 1968 and his personal experiences during that event. Summary available.
In this interview, Mr. Cole discusses his early education in Louisville, working for his fatherï¿½s newspaper the Louisville Leader and describes what it was like to be the child of a prominent figure in the community. He describes his father physically and tempramentally and reflects on attendance at the Louisville Municipal College and urban renewal.
From his childhood until its closing in 1951, Lattimore Cole, a Louisville native, worked intermittently at the “Louisville Leader,” an African-American weekly, founded in 1917 by his father, I. Willis Cole. Mr. Cole served in World War II, attended Louisville Municipal College, and retired from the U. S. Postal Service. Much of the interview involves comments and identifications provided by Lattimore Cole when shown family photographs and items from the “Louisville Leader” newspaper/printing company. Publishing company operations and staff are recounted. Mr. Cole also comments on his father’s friendships with national African-American business and political leaders as well as local figures like newspaper rival William Warley. I. Willis Cole’s personality and business instincts are discussed along with descriptions of Louisville’s segregated Old Walnut Business District. The interview concludes with Lattimore’s discussion of his siblings and their home-life together.
NOTE: The recorder was inadvertently not started until about thirty minutes into the interview. When taping commenced the interviewer incorrectly stated the date as “October 19, 2013.” The error was corrected at the conclusion of the interview. Mr. Cole’s daughter, Nora, is heard commenting in the background. Earlier interviews conducted on November 26, 1977 and June 23, 2004 (video) are also available.
Mr. Coleman is a employee of the Louisville Urban League. This interview concerns his involvement with the Urban League and the Louisville Civil Rights movement.