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Georgia Davis Powers, civil rights activist

A pioneer in politics, civil rights and women’s rights, Georgia Davis Powers was the first African American and the first woman to be elected to the Kentucky State Senate. The grand-niece of a slave, she was instrumental in organizing the March on Frankfort in 1964 and worked to pass open housing and public accommodations measures in the 1960s. She is the author of I Shared the Dream.

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  • Georgia Davis Powers (#103)

    Connections features Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate.

  • 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (#845)

    Civil rights activists and journalists reflect on the August 1963 March on Washington, as well as the March on the Kentucky Capitol the next year.

  • 1964 March on Frankfort (#922)

    Martin Luther King Jr. and baseball great Jackie Robinson led more than 10,000 people in a march to the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort on March 5, 1964, to demand an end to segregation in businesses, restaurants, and theaters. We remember the 1964 march with NAACP Louisville leader Raoul Cunningham and former state Sen. Georgia Davis Powers.