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    • Beckett, Goldie, 1914-1999

    • Undertakers and undertaking; Business people; African American businesspeople; Politicians; African American politicians; Discrimination in public accommodations; Segregation--Law and legislation; Discrimination in employment; African...

    • Oral history interview with Goldie Winstead Beckett, conducted on September 12, 1978 by Ken Chumbley. In this interview, Mrs. Beckett discusses her life as well as her husband’s experiences as alderman in the city of Louisville in the late 1940s...



    • Stewart, James "Jimmy"

    • Segregation in education; African American construction workers; Construction workers; African Americans; Labor unions; Race relations; Laborers' International Union of North America; Women construction workers; African Americans--Employment; A....

    • Oral history interview conducted with James "Jimmy" Stewart on April 4, 1979 by Mary Bobo. Mr. Stewart, business manager for Local 576 of the Laborers' International Union of North America discusses segregation in education in Tennessee...



    • Johnson, Waverley

    • Red Cross Hospital (Louisville, Ky.); African Americans; African American physicians; Hospitals; Integration

    • Oral history interview with hospital administrator Waverley Johnson conducted on August 30, 1979, by Olivia Frederick. Mr. Johnson discusses the Red Cross (Community) Hospital and his role as administrator at this black-run institution. He...



    • Beard, D.W.

    • Integration; African Americans; Hospitals; Red Cross Hospital (Louisville, Ky.)

    • D.W. Beard was interviewed on November 29, 1979 about the Red Cross (Community) Hospital. He was a member of the board of Community Hospital, which was known previously as Red Cross Hospital. He discusses public perception of the hospital and the...



    • Hammond, Joseph

    • African Americans; Urban renewal; Small Business Administration (United States); African American business enterprises; African American real estate agents; Youth--Political activity; Busing (School integration); Low-income housing

    • Oral history interview conducted with Joseph Hammond on April 16, 1979 by Mary Bobo. Mr. Hammond, a small business owner and real estate agent, discusses his childhood, education and life as a young adult living and working in Louisville. He...



    • 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...



    • 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...



    • Kidd, Mae Street, 1904-

    • African Americans; Civil rights demonstrations; Race relations; Public relations; Discrimination in housing; Housing; African American legislators; Insurance agents; Women legislators; African American legislators; Kentucky--Politics and...

    • Oral history interview conducted with legislator Mae Street Kidd on October 10, November 11, and December 5, 1978 by Ken Chumbley. Ms. Kidd discusses her life, including her childhood growing up in Bourbon County. Kidd attended the Lincoln...



    • 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...



    • 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...



    • Shively, James, 1922-

    • African Americans; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Social conditions; Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (Louisville, Ky.); Central High School (Louisville, Ky.); Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; African Americans--Employment;...

    • Oral history interview conducted with James Shively on December 18, 1978 by Dwayne Cox. Mr. Shively focuses largely on his education in Louisville, at Louisville Central High School and the Louisville Municipal College, in the 1930s and 1940s. He...



    • Love, Eleanor Young, 1922-2006

    • African Americans; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Social conditions; African American social workers; African American educators; African American college teachers; Segregation in education; Civil rights leaders; Lincoln Institute...

    • Oral history interview with Eleanor Young Love, conducted on October 2, 1978 by Kenneth Chumbley. Dr. Love was a U of L professor and administrator, and sister of civil rights leader Whitney Young, Jr. Dr. Love discusses her parents, Laura and...



    • Parrish, Charles Henry, 1899-

    • African Americans; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Social conditions; African American college teachers; African American educators; African American newspapers; Integration; Segregation in education; Race relations; Baptists;...

    • Oral history interview conducted with sociologist Charles H. Parrish, Jr. on December 1 and 14, 1976 and February 21, 1977 by Dwayne Cox and William Morison. Dr. Parrish discusses his father, Charles H. Parrish, Sr., who was a Baptist minister and...



    • Cole, Lattimore

    • African Americans; African Americans--Education; African American newspapers; Louisville Leader (Ky.); Kentucky Reporter (Louisville, Ky.); Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (Louisville, Ky.); Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Co....

    • Oral history interview with Lattimore Cole conducted on November 26, 1977 by Dwayne Cox. In this interview, Mr. Cole discusses his early education in Louisville, working for his father’s newspaper the Louisville Leader and describes what it was...



    • 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...



    • Humes, Helen

    • African Americans; African American singers; African American musicians; Jazz; Jazz singers; Women jazz musicians

    • Oral history interview with Helen Humes, a jazz singer from Louisville, conducted on June 12, 1979 by Mary Bobo, for the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center. In this interview, Ms. Humes discusses her career, including her start in...



    • Reynolds, Louise

    • African Americans; African American politicians; African American businesspeople; African American business enterprises; Women politicians; Civil rights; Louisville (Ky.)--Politics and government; Politicians; Integration; Discrimination in housing

    • Oral history interview conducted with Louise Reynolds on June 13, 1979 by Mary Bobo. Louise Reynolds was the first African American woman elected alderman in the city of Louisville. Ms. Reynolds discusses her work with the Republican Party,...



    • Bell, Jesse B., 1904-

    • African Americans; African American physicians; Physicians; Hospitals; Red Cross Hospital (Louisville, Ky.); Race relations; Integration

    • Oral history interview with Louisville physician Jesse Bell conducted on July 28, 1979 by Olivia Frederick. Dr. Bell discusses his early life and education, including his training at Alcorn College, Morehouse College, and Meharry Medical College....



    • Rabb, Maurice F.

    • African Americans; African American physicians; African Americans--Hospitals; African Americans--Social conditions; African Americans--Education; Segregation in education; African Americans--Medical care; Hospitals; Medical education; Race...

    • Oral history interview with Louisville physician Maurice Rabb. Dr. Rabb discusses his early life and education in Mississippi. He speaks of his experiences as a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, comparing race relations in his...
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