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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.
S1 E12 Length 57:31 Rating: TV-PG

Remembering Audrey Grevious, 1930-2017

Note: Audrey Grevious, former president of the Lexington chapter of the NAACP, has died (according to an obituary in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Jan. 09, 2017). 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.

As president of the Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Audrey Grevious worked with Julia Lewis, president of the Congress on Racial Equality, to organize protests of local businesses that refused to serve blacks. The groups picketed grocery stores, theaters, and dime-store food counters.

The unusual level of cooperation between the Lexington NAACP and CORE chapters and their careful communication with police contributed to a largely peaceful achievement of integration goals.

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Grevious was born in 1930 and attended segregated schools, where she was nourished by excellent teachers and was inspired to become a teacher herself. Grevious graduated from Lexington Dunbar High School and Kentucky State University.

She worked for many years at Kentucky Village Reform School (now called Blackburn Correctional Complex) and later taught in the Fayette County Public School system.

Program Details

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 Episodes

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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