Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with David Thurmond

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Tue, 01/09/2018





Dance, Ballet, Education, Civil rights leaders, Civil rights, Concrete, Vietnam War, Electoral votes, Parties, Political, Breathitt, Edward T., McGovern, George, Presidential elections, Government agencies

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100 minutes. David Thurmond discusses growing up in a large family in Hopkinsville, Ky., during the 1960s. His mother and father, Bettye and Hal Thurmond were civil rights advocates, and he describes how their passion for justice became a defining feature of their family. He discusses his mother and father's leadership in the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission, the first rural example of a civil rights commission in Kentucky. Thurmond described his role and interaction with Gov. Breathitt during the primaries of the 1972 presidential election.

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