Raoul Cunningham, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Raoul Cunningham is the president of the Louisville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In the 1950s, when he was 14 years old, Cunningham was a member of the NAACP Youth Chapter, assisting with voter registration and picketing segregated establishments in Louisville. Later, he fought to bring down racial barriers in public accommodations and housing.
As a student at Howard University, Cunningham organized a Young Democrats chapter. He was also president of the District of Columbia Federation of College Young Democrats and vice president of the Young Democrats Club of America. When he returned to Louisville, he managed the campaign of Georgia Davis Powers that saw her become the first black woman elected to the Kentucky Senate.
In 2006, Cunningham received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award, given each year in Louisville; in 2011 he received the citizenship award by The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission.
Raoul Cunningham is a Louisville native. Learn much more about him in an extended interview from KET's "Connections with Renee Shaw".
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