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Living the Story: The Rest of the Story

Interviews with civil rights pioneers
Grade Levels:
25-60 minutes
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These 14 one-hour programs contain extended interviews with Kentuckians featured in the documentary Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky. In unedited one-on-one conversations taped for a Kentucky Oral History Commission project, these eyewitnesses to history tell their own moving stories of life under segregation and of the struggle for racial equality in Kentucky and in America.

Program of Studies:
Social Studies: Cultures and Societies, Historical Perspectives
Arts and Humanities: Purposes for Creating the Arts

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

101. Julian Bond
Chairman of the board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Bond worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served in the Georgia House of Representatives before being ejected for his stand against the Vietnam War. He has family roots in Kentucky.
102. Gov. Edward Breathitt
As governor of Kentucky in the mid-1960s, Breathitt worked for passage of a state law guaranteeing equal rights in the area of public accommodations. Because of his activism among his fellow governors, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to a special commission formed to monitor compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
103. Sen. Georgia Davis Powers
Powers was the first African American elected to the Kentucky Senate. First elected in 1968, she served for 21 years and championed bills prohibiting discrimination by race, sex, and age. Previously, she had helped organize the 1964 civil rights March on Frankfort.
104. John Jay Johnson
Johnson began his civil rights activism as a teenager, as the youngest president of any Kentucky chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He now serves on the national NAACP staff.
105. Mervin Aubespin
The first African-American news artist hired by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Aubespin got a baptism by fire as a reporter during two days of rioting in Louisville in 1968. He has built a national reputation as an expert on racism and the media and is president of the National Association of Black Journalists.
106. P.G. Peeples
Peeples attended the University of Kentucky as one of only about 50 black students, then went to work for the Lexington chapter of the National Urban League. He was soon named director of the chapter, a position he still holds.
107. Abby Marlatt
While teaching at the University of Kentucky in the 1960s, Marlatt helped organize students and train them in the principles of nonviolent protest, joining them at sit-ins and other actions that led to the desegregation of many public facilities in Lexington.
108. J. Blaine Hudson
Louisville native Hudson was a student activist at the University of Louisville, demonstrating on behalf of greater educational opportunities for African-American students. He is now a professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at U of L.
109. James Howard
At age 13, Howard and several other black students drew national attention for their efforts to integrate the schools in the Western Kentucky town of Sturgis.
110. Jennie and Alice Wilson
Jennie Wilson was born in Mayfield in 1900 to parents who had been slaves. Alice was one of 10 African-American students who decided to enroll at Mayfield High School shortly after the Brown v. Board of Education decision declared "separate but equal" schools unconstitutional.
111. Raoul Cunningham
As a teenager, Cunningham was one of the student leaders who organized protests at segregated downtown Louisville theaters, lunch counters, restaurants, and businesses, including the "Nothing New for Easter" boycott of stores that would not allow African-American customers to try on clothes.
112. Audrey Grevious
Grevious served as president of the Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the 1960s, working with other local civil rights leaders for peaceful integration of businesses.
113. Anne Braden
A lifelong activist, Braden became embroiled in one of Louisville's most notorious incidents of race-based violence when she and her husband, both white, were asked to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood in order to resell it to a black family. The house was bombed, and the Bradens were branded Communist conspirators and tried for sedition in 1954.
114. Grace Lewis
One of the first African Americans to attend a white school in Jefferson County, Lewis went on to a career in civil service and involvement in other civil rights actions, including the campaign to free activist Angela Davis.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Living the Story: The Rest of the Story broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

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