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    • Johnson, Lyman T., 1906-1997

    • African Americans; Jefferson County Public Schools; School board members; School boards; School superintendents; School boards--African American membership; Busing (School integration); School integration; Public schools; Race relations

    • Oral history interview with Lyman T. Johnson, conducted on March 24, 1982 by Dwayne Cox. Mr. Johnson discusses his tenure on the Louisville/Jefferson County board of education in the late 1970s. He discusses the challenges of merging the city and...



    • Ray, Amelia

    • African Americans; African Americans--Social conditions; African Americans--Education; Segregation in education; Race relations; Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (Louisville, Ky.); University of Louisville; Civil rights

    • Oral history interview with Mrs. Amelia Ray, conducted on August 25, 1978 by Kenneth Chumbley. Mrs. Ray discusses her early life and upbringing in Tennessee as well as her life in Louisville. Mrs. Ray moved to Louisville in 1934 and attended...



    • Stanley, Vivian Clark

    • African Americans; Social workers; Journalists; African American journalists; African American social workers; Beauty contests; African American newspapers; Newspapers; Louisville Defender (Louisville, Ky.); Civil rights demonstrations; Civil...

    • Oral history interview with Mrs. Vivian Clark Stanley conducted on August 5, 1985 by Janet Hodgson. She discusses her career as a social worker and her life with Frank Stanley, Sr., editor, manager, and publisher of the Louisville Defender. She...



    • Walls, Murray A.; Walls, John H.

    • African Americans; Race relations; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights; Louisville Free Public Library; Girl Scouts; Libraries; Integration; African Americans--Social conditions

    • 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...



    • Key, Robert, 1914-

    • African Americans; African American singers; African American musicians; Nightclubs--Kentucky--Louisville; Singers; Musicians

    • Oral history interview with Robert Key, conducted October 25, 1977 by Robert Friedman. Mr. Key was a musician. He was born in Louisville but really launched his career in Chicago before touring as a singer. In this interview, he discusses his...



    • Pickett, Steward

    • African Americans; African Americans--Education; Boy Scouts of America; Elderly poor; Floods--Ohio River; Floods--Kentucky--Louisville; National Council of Senior Citizens; Senior House; Senior centers; Scouting (Youth activity); Urban elderly;...

    • Oral history interviews conducted with Mr. Steward Pickett on May 23, June 4, and June 25, 1979 by Mary Bobo. Mr. Pickett, a retired assistant Boy Scout executive and board member of Senior House, talks about his family, growing up on an...
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