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Oral history interview with Murray Atkins Walls and John Walls. :: African American Ora... - 0 views

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    Oral history interview with Murray Atkins Walls and John Walls, conducted July 27, 1977 by Dwayne Cox. Most of the interview focuses on Murray Atkins Walls, although her husband, John Walls, is also an active participant. They were both involved in civil rights activities in Louisville and so share many experiences.
tiger lily

Notable Black American Woman - 0 views

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    This is a book solely devoted to black woman as indicated by the title Notable Black American Woman. It was written by Jessie Carney Smith. Though the book contains short bios about woman from all across american there are several just about Kentucky woman.
aplatonic 3

» civil rights The Bluegrass and Beyond - 2 views

  • “All of the adults looked after all of the children. Everybody knew each other. Everybody helped each other.”
  • Oakwood was special from the beginning. When the 106-home subdivision opened in 1964, it was only the second development in Lexington where African-Americans could buy a new house. The first, St. Martins Village, had opened a few years earlier, about a mile down Georgetown Road.
  • Oakwood opened the same year that Congress passed landmark civil rights legislation that prohibited housing discrimination. Before that, such discrimination was not only legal but widely practiced.
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  • The subdivision was carved from farmland near the factories of IBM, Square D and Trane. Those employers were willing to hire African-Americans and pay them enough so they could afford an Oakwood home, which then sold for about $20,000.
  • Those former Oakwood children remember how their parents emphasized education and hard work. “There was just no tolerance for not achieving
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    This article highlights a truly unique place. I looked up some information about the subdivision and was delighted to know that it has virtually remained intact. Here are some statistics on the neighborhood: http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Oakwood-Lexington-KY.html
Wildcat Big Blue

Support for clemency - 0 views

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    On Page 273 of Fosl book on Anne Braden, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. support for clemency for Carl Braden was being questioned. Although he did come out in support of Carl's clemency Anne was in anguish that it was taking so long.
Wildcat Big Blue

Anne Braden - 0 views

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    "The Wall Between" is a book by Anne Braden. This should be a good read judging from the review mentioned in the above link.
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Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame - 1 views

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    This website shows information on people who went to extreme links to spread their ideas of gender fairness and civil rights activism
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    This site seems very useful for anyone who is conducting research on any of the people listed here. Many seem to be still living and this could be used as a primary resource if you can contact them and set up an interview.
Bradley Wexler

The History of CORE - 0 views

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    This is the history of CORE straight from the Congress of Racial Equality website.
Bradley Wexler

The Wall Between - 3 views

  • it has taken a toll on her family. But I suppose somebody has to do that to get movements ... you know, to be part of a movement.
  • she grew up in a privileged upper-middle-class white family in Anniston, Alabama.
  • And the parents were completely shocked by her radical views and particularly her radical deduction in the 1950s
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  • she was so committed to her sense of what was right that she stuck to her guns
  • It either leads them to realize the evil that is going on around them and to do something about it, or it just totally envelops the person.
  • She was 30, but it's almost as if she was 20
  • authority was set up to help her, not to hurt her in any way
  • "polite racism."
  • and so hounded him about the Bradens and what had been their motives for buying the house
  • "Well, not only is everybody in Louisville against her; none of her friends will associate with her anymore."
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    This is the transcript from an interview of the Wilma and Dava Jonathan, and Cate Fosl. It gives great insight on the author and activist Anne Braden.
tiger lily

Laura Clay - 3 views

  • Lexington's Sayre School
  • an unusually powerful position for a southern girl in the 1860's when any woman demonstrating intellect was considered a "bluestocking" doomed to spinsterhood.
  • Their resulting divorce in 1878 was the turning point in all of the Clay women's lives. According to laws at the time, a woman held no claim to house or property
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  • the Clay women turned to the equalizing of women's rights.
  • Laura decided to lease White Hall from her father
  • She then collaborated with Susan B. Anthony to organize suffrage societies across the Commonwealth
  • During this same period, Clay became the best-known southern suffragist and the South's leading voice in the councils of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). While chair of the association's membership committee, she introduced recruiting innovations that almost tripled the number of members, from 17,000 in 1905 to 45,501 in 1907, and succeeded in establishing associations in nine southern states.
  • Clay was an emancipationist; one who believed that it was up to each state to grant freedom/rights to citizens
  • Clay was also a believer in Anglo-Saxon superiority but was paternalistic in her attitudes. A product of her time and region, this hearkening back to Southern pre-Civil War beliefs caused some critics to castigate her as a racist.
  • She also worked to promote the involvement of women in politics, advocating that women not silently accept the party affiliation of their husbands, but instead form and act upon their own beliefs.
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    The beginning of this article is a great biography. The best part of this piece was being able to find out more about her positions on states rights and whether she believed in civil rights for blacks as well. Clay was a major supporter of states rights. In all that she did for women's rights ( a list is given at the end) Clay was not an advocate for the rights of African Americans. 
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    I found it unique that Laura Clay began to pursue womens equal rights after her parents seperated. Her mother took care of the White Hall estate for 45 years and then was all the sudden homeless because the property belonged to the father according to the laws that prevented women from owning land. This left Laura and her sisters to pursue the equality of women. She was also responsible for creating the Kentucky Equal Rights Organization with the help of Susan B. Anthony.
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    This site has a short but very informative biography of Laura Clay. Along with a biography it list all of her monumental accomplishment fighting for equal rights. The site is full of pictures of Laura Clay and is very well documented with numerous sources citing the information.
Randolph Hollingsworth

Nancy Isenberg - Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America - 5 views

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    Professor Isenberg offers a powerful argument that the first organized US women's rights activists can be traced to the antebellum period, long before the 1920 milestone of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Randolph Hollingsworth

KET | Living the Story | Jennie Hopkins Wilson - 3 views

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    Powerful video about a woman who lived during the violence of segregation and how everyday activities we take for granted today took great courage then. For more information about this time period in Kentucky's history, see George C. Wright's ground-breaking book _Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynchings, Mob Rule, and "Legal Lynchings."
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    This KET video will serve as the focus for the first of the UK AASRP Race Dialogues (www.uky.edu/AS/AASRP) held in the UK Student Center on Sept 16th 4:30-6 p.m.
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    The video on jennie and Alice Wilson is a powerful example of how standing up for what you believe in is the best thing a person can do. Jennie is a strong woman because of her childhood. Seeing her parents as slaves and as free people made an impression on her. This impression made her srong enough to raise foour children in Kentucky during segregation and send all four of them to college. Alice was strong enough to integrate into mayfield high school with 9 other children at the age of fourteen when no other black students would. After integrating she dealt with vocal abuse from white classmates, but never retaliated physically or vocally in a negative manner. Alice simply continued on with the importantt things in her life, the completion of school and the hopes of continuing onward to college.
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