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African American Life in Louisville: Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Civil Rights Movement in Louisville Interview Series, 1996-2001
83 interviews
These interviews, conducted by Professor Tracy K'Meyer of the University of Louisville's Department of History, document the ongoing struggle for racial equality in Louisville.

Louisville's Ethnic Communities - The African American Community,1969-1988 (bulk: 1977-1979)
150 interviews
These interviews cover a variety of topics dealing with the African American experience in Louisville. Several interviews deal with the Parkland neighborhood and how it has changed over the years. There are discussions on journalism and the Louisville Association of Black Communicators, education at the public school and university levels, the practice of medicine and the Community (Red Cross) Hospital, and religion. Most of the interviews touch on aspects of integration, especially in the schools; the political systems, at the local, state, and federal level; and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. A number of the interviews are with African American women. A limited number of these interviews are now available online as part of the University Libraries' Oral History Center site.

Anne Braden, 1975 and 1981
2 interviews
Anne and Carl Braden were central figures in the local civil rights struggles through the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. In these interviews, Anne Braden recounts her involvement in the issues of open housing, busing, education, and the anti-Vietnam Conflict movement. There is also a third undated tape of a civil rights rally.

Lenny Lyles, 2000
2 interviews
These interviews concentrate on Lyles' experiences as a college and professional football player. Lyles was one of the first African Americans to play for the University of Louisville and in the National Football League.

Racism in Kentucky, 1988-1989
6 interviews
These interviews deal with the activity of the Ku Klux Klan in Jefferson County, Kentucky during the late 1980s, including the Marshall fire bombing in 1985 and the subsequent trial.