Kentucky Historical Society

Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project

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The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project was a major statewide initiative to document, through oral history interviews, the struggle to end legal segregation in Kentucky between 1930 and 1975. Directed by oral historian Dr. Betsy Brinson, this series of interviews features Kentuckians who, in some capacity, participated in the movement. The individuals interviewed for the project offer narrative descriptions of life under segregation, their individual and collective participation in the struggle for equality and justice, and the process of integration specifically focusing on issues pertaining to housing, education, and public accommodations.