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Morrison discussed growing up in Old Louisville, attending segregated primary school, being the first black student in a Louisville Catholic School, and her activism at the University of Louisville.
Civil Rights movement in Louisville
Sterling Neal Jr., born and raised in Louisville, provides not only his experience during the Civil Rights Movement, but his family history prior to his birth. Beginning with a detailed history of his family, he then moves into his life as a student in Louisville. Topics include: his father's involvement in the labor unions, his time at Kentucky State for college, involvement in CORE with his sister Beverly and his experience in CORE and picketing with them, his involvement beginning in 1966 while he was at the Kent School of Social Work, involvement in the Kent School Student Association including being involved in anti-war, free speach, women's rights, welfare rights, etc., the Yearlings Club and the organization called Our Black Thing, the Black Student Union at the University of Louisville, the riot that happened when Stokley Carmichael came to Louisville, the Black Power ideology and movement, Enterprises Unlimited and their program the Stop Dope Now in the late 1960s, in 1969 the establishment of Masters of Reality, a youth center on Twenty-Eighth and Greenwood. He then talks about his work as a PhD student at the University of Michigan in social work and sociology and then he became the director of Enterprises Unlimited and then became the adjunct lecturer at Kent School. He then quit his program and went up to Indiana University and obtained a law degree and came back to Louisville to practice law. He then goes into more detail about the groups such as Our Black Thing, Black United Brothers, and BULK, including the make up of these organizations, their activism, and ways in which they tried to influence the community.
Howard Owens, born in 1948 in Pambloff, Arkansas, moved to Louisville because of his father's work as a preacher at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church at age 5. In this interview, Owens talks about his father's work as a civil rights activist in the city prior to his own work during the 1960s following his graduation from high school as well as his work and activism during the Civil Rights Movement from the end of the 1960s up until the 1980s. Topics include: the nationalist fringe groups participating in Louisville during the Civil Rights Movement, his activism during college in Wilberforce, Ohio, his work as a teacher in Louisville with children with learning disabilities, the groups during the 1970s in Louisville including the Black Workers Coalition and Black Protective Parents, busing and the problems that faced busing within the communities and the city, other groups such as the Jtown Challengers and the Blacks United to Motivate Progress, his experience at a Klan rally that took place off of Preston Hwy, issues that arose after busing including police brutality and equity in hiring of minorities, the Alliance Against Racism and Political Oppression, the Fred Harris case, the Lindsay Scott case, and a case involving the Black Panther Party that all took place in Louisville.
Civil Rights movement in Louisville
Mr. Perry discusses his education, time in the Army during World War I, and his personal experiences as black principal in the Louisville school system. Included is a discussion about the quality of education received by blacks before and after desegregation, how black facilities compared with white facilities, and why few school employees were involved in Civil Rights movement in Louisville.
Nancy Pollock, born in Springfield, Kentucky, moved to the city of Louisville at the age of 2 and began to get involved in the Civil Rights Movement at the age of 14. She talks about her first experience with racism and segregation when she was 9 years old and the owner of an ice cream parlor physically threw her out of his shop while she was eating an ice cream cone. Following that she began to get involved at age 14 with the demonstrations happening in Louisville, as the youngest person there oftentimes. Pollock discusses her entire time in the movement, her various involvements in different groups, violence that she experienced and saw, her experiences in Louisville and outside of Louisville in Atlanta, Chicago, and CIncinnnati, Ohio, and her involvement in the 1970s with the Black Panter Party. Topics include: her relationship with Anne Braden, Stokley Carmichael, John Lewis, and various other figures, demonstrations (those that she led and those that she participated in) during the accommodations campaigns, the makeup of those within the accommodation demonstrations, involvement with Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and CORE, the time that she was arrested for leading a demonstration at Hasenour's, the hunger strike that she participated in in Frankfort, the 1986 riot that happened in Louisville and her understanding of what happened and why, her involvement in the Black Panther Party in Louisville, Chicago, and Cincinnati, the differences between the west coast and east coast Black Panther Party chapters, the changes in the movement and within the various organizations over time, her work after she left the Black Panther Party in 1974, the changes in Louisville over the years that she was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and her thoughts on who the leaders of the movement were in Louisville.
Civil Rights movement in Louisville
Suzanne "Suzy" Post, born in Louisville in 1933, was a mother of five living in the East End of Louisville when she began to be involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Louisville.Post became active at a young age, choosing to do a project on the Louisville Urban League when in school and then joining the NAACP at Indiana University. In 1957, she joined the ACLU and then in 1969 became President of the Louisville ACLU before moving on to become a national Vice President for 12 years. She discusses in this interview her first memory of walking in a picketline, her time as a Jesse Jackson delegate in 1984, and her experience as a white woman in the movement. She discusses her involvement in fundraising for the Open Housing demonstrations as well as helping to find school board candidates for JCPS who were sympathetic to busing and getting them elected and educated. Post's involvement in the busing movement in Louisville was one that she discussed in length. In 1970 she worked as the President of an affiliate that worked to talk with communities and people within the community on the busing plans that they wanted to be implemented. Post discusses the first day that busing began as well as the atmosphere in the city and provides information on how she stayed active once busing had begun within Louisville.
Civil Rights movement in Louisville