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P.G. Peeples

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.
S1 E6 Length 57:16 Rating: TV-PG

P.G. Peeples

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.

Porter G. Peeples grew up in Lynch in eastern Kentucky, attending public schools subsidized by U.S. Steel, which owned the local coal mines. Peeples spent several summers living with relatives in New York City, and he attended Hazard Community College before enrolling at the University of Kentucky, where he was one of about 50 black students at the time.

Shortly after graduating from UK, Peeples became education director for the Lexington Urban League. He was soon named director of the chapter—the youngest director in the nation.

Under his leadership, the Lexington league operated programs for clerical training, open housing (including rehabilitating and financing housing), community development, and training in penal institutions, as well as a community radio station. Peeples also chaired the Equity Commission that monitors the Fayette County Public Schools.

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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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