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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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Making Civil Rights Gains Real

Making Civil Rights Gains Real

(p.216) (p.217) 7 Making Civil Rights Gains Real
Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Tracy E. K’Meyer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides an in-depth study of the living conditions and attitudes about race relations of white and black residents of Louisville, conducted by Roper Research Associates. It notes that the resulting report documented the stark differences in whites' and blacks' living conditions, the “dismal” state of the latter, and the “frightening” lack of awareness and concern of the white community about both. It reports that the author's stark conclusion was that in 1969, despite purported gains in civil rights over the last decade, in Louisville whites and blacks continued to live in two separate and unequal worlds. It notes that Louisvillians continued to work outside the system to bring about social change. It reports that the NAACP, BWC, and a number of smaller organizations used protests and boycotts to put pressure on business and government on issues on police brutality and jobs.

Keywords:   race relations, civil rights, Louisville, social change, NAACP, BWC, police brutality, jobs, blacks, whites

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