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Civil Rights in the Gateway to the SouthLouisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980$
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Tracy E. K'Meyer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125398

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125398.001.0001

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Building Bridges, Fighting Poverty, and Empowering Citizens

Building Bridges, Fighting Poverty, and Empowering Citizens

(p.145) 5 Building Bridges, Fighting Poverty, and Empowering Citizens
Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Tracy E. K’Meyer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the role of various civil rights groups in building bridges, fighting poverty and empowering citizens. It notes that the West End Community Council organized residents of public housing projects to demand garbage pickup and a traffic signal; hosting weekend-long arts festivals where blacks and whites could have fellowship while enjoying music, theater, and dance; and coordinating the fight against poverty in one of the poorest sections of the city. It notes that the Louisville Area Council on Religion and Race, while sponsoring vigils of laypeople and clergy for open housing, also attempted to bridge the gap between whites and blacks by hosting discussion sessions on race relations. It further adds that young men who came to town with the Southern Conference Educational Fund to work for open housing legislation joined Volunteers in Service to America and worked with WECC to organize for the empowerment of the black community.

Keywords:   West End Community Council, Louisville Area Council on Religion and Race, race relations, Southern Conference Educational Fund, Volunteers in Service to America, civil rights groups, public housing projects, blacks, whites

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