Raoul Cunningham, Louisville NAACP
Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has been involved in civil rights work since the late 1950s, when he helped register new African-American voters as a 14-year-old member of the NAACP Youth Council. He participated in a protest against a Louisville theater when it would not allow young black students to see Porgy and Bess, helped recruit and train other young people for lunch counter and restaurant sit-ins, and was involved in the 1961 “Nothing New for Easter” boycott of downtown Louisville stores that would not let black customers try on clothes.
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.
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Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, talks about civil rights issues in Kentucky.