Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission

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Brown discusses her work on the Human Relations Commission. Founded in in 1962, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission was established City of Louisville to protect its citizens from unlawful discrimination. The following year, the City first adopted an Ordinance prohibiting places of public accommodations from refusing service based on race.
Verna Goatley is a Shawnee resident who works in the Louisville Metro Human Relations Department. Goatley discussed the hurdles she had to jump to finance home improvements on her home.
Miller-Cooper talks about housing in relation to her work at the Human Relations Commission.
Roy Owsley discusses the relationship between Supt. Carmichael and the City of Louisville concerning desegregation and the City's role in the desegregation. His work with the Human Relations Commission and WHAS were also discussed.
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.
Mr. Tydings discusses his experiences as Business Director of Lincoln Institute. Black schools were poorly financed and second rate schools. Mr. Tydings was later the Director of the Louisville Human Relations Council.
Young worked for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights for a brief time and then moved to the Louisville Jefferson Human Relations Commission as a compliance supervisor. She became directof of the LJHRC in the early 1908s. This interview is only 15 minutes long.