Cunningham says that Kentucky is one of three or four states that bars felons from voting. This policy has had a devestating effect on African American participation in elections.
Raoul Cunningham was born in 1943 and began working for civil rights at age 14. Cunningham recruited other young people to the cause and, after careful planning, they began picketing numerous downtown Louisville lunch counters and restaurants that refused to serve African-Americans. He attended Howard University. Back in Louisville he worked on the campaign to elect Kentucky Senator Georgia Davis Powers. He worked in the Washington DC office of U.S. Senator Dee Huddleston for many years. He is the President of the Louisville Branch of the NAACP.
This interview took place on June 3th, 2013 as part of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and University of Kentucky Libraries.
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