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This Month's Theme:
Born in the USA

This month we feature a book about the explorer Simon Kenton and Shawnee chief Tecumseh; the classic saga The Way West; a biography of Abraham Lincoln; and the story of pioneering legislator Mae Street Kidd. Books for July

Passing for Black
by Wade Hall

Sunday, July 27 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

Born in 1904 to a white father and a black mother, Mae Street Kidd could easily have passed as a white woman. Instead, by affirming her African-American heritage, Kidd chose a path marked by obstacles. She eventually overcame them all, first as a successful businesswoman and later as a member of the Kentucky General Assembly.

During her tenure in the state House of Representatives, Kidd led a campaign to right a historical wrong. In 1976, under her leadership, the Kentucky legislature finally ratified the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution—more than 100 years after they were passed by Congress.

Mae Street Kidd's plainspoken words and fiercely independent spirit dominate Wade Hall's biography, which is based on interviews the author conducted with Kidd in her Louisville home. The result is an inspirational story of a truly unforgettable character.

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