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Abby Marlatt

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.
S1 E7 Length 57:49 Rating: TV-PG

Abby Marlatt

Note: This original one-on-one interview, part of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project, was produced by the Kentucky Oral History Commission and Historical Society.

A native of Kansas, Abby Marlatt moved to Lexington to be a professor of nutrition at the University of Kentucky. While teaching at UK during the 1960s, she assisted students who wanted to protest injustices of the times.

She helped UK students organize and train for nonviolent direct action, joined them for sit-ins at lunch counters in downtown Lexington, and helped with negotiations to desegregate restaurants and movie theaters.

Marlatt also joined the effort to form the Lexington chapter of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), which was dedicated to creating job opportunities for African-Americans. She worked with MicroCity Government, as well as with the Lexington Committee on Religion and Human Rights, helping to establish the Community Action Council in 1965.

Although Marlatt’s activism got her in trouble with UK administrators over the years, the school gave her the Sullivan Medallion, UK’s highest honor for community service, when she retired in 1985. Marlatt died in Lexington on March 3, 2010.

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Living the Story: The Rest of the Story

About Living the Story: The Rest of the Story

These 10 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.

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Season 1

Grace Lewis

S1 E14 Length 28:16

Anne Braden

S1 E13 Length 58:24

Audrey Grevious

S1 E12 Length 57:31

Raoul Cunningham

S1 E11 Length 57:49

Jennie and Alice Wilson

S1 E10 Length 56:42

James Howard

S1 E9 Length 34:37

J. Blaine Hudson

S1 E8 Length 56:56

Abby Marlatt

S1 E7 Length 57:49

P.G. Peeples

S1 E6 Length 57:16

Mervin Aubespin

S1 E5 Length 57:41

John Jay Johnson

S1 E4 Length 57:01

Sen. Georgia Davis Powers

S1 E3 Length 57:38

Gov. Edward Breathitt

S1 E2 Length 58:43

Julian Bond

S1 E1 Length 56:26

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