14 Cunningham: Restoration of Voting Rights

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.

To view the entire interview visit:

https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt76hd7nrt78

David Tandy is a Louisville Civic Leader. Tandy discusses his opinion about the role of women in the civil rights movement as well as in making the world a b
 
David Tandy is a Louisville Civic Leader. Tandy discusses what he wants people listening to the interview in the future to take from his life. He talks about
 
Delahanty talks about some of the problems that exist still today that need to be worked on and dealt with. Father Patrick Delahanty is a priest and human rights advocate from Louisville, Kentucky. D
 
Delahanty discusses his work associated with the abolishment of the death penalty in Kentucky. He tells of how he worked with the Senators and Representatives to first abolish the death penalty for th
 
Delahanty talks about his time working with immigrants, especially with refugees, that are coming into the United States and his work getting changes made to a bill regarding restricting what groups o
 
Shaw talks about her hopes for Kentucky in terms of finding common values, combating poverty, and increasing representation of marginalized voices. She talks about her hopes for the younger generation
 
Shaw talks about the changing role of journalism in a world of social media, biased news sources, and media conglomerates. She talks about the importance of the public making the effort to consult mul
 
David Tandy is a Louisville Civic Leader. Tandy discusses the different projects he was part of while he was a metro councilman on the Louisville Metro Counc
 
Shaw discusses how she attempts to not editorialize during her broadcasts, but that it is impossible to completely separate journalism from activism. She talks about how the choice of topics she cover
 
Delahanty expounds on the test for Women Equality and says she is proud to be a women's libber and a feminist. Dolores Delahanty is a social activist and political leader in Louisville, Kentucky. She
 
Anderson says we are now increasing the color line in the way cities are being developed. School segregation is increasing. Alan Anderson is the author of Confronting the Color Line which was nominat
 
Watts reflects on Kentucky's significant contribution to the Civil Rights Movement and speaks of the value of preserving this history of Kentucky's Civil Rights activists. Beverly Watts is the Execut
 
Akins talks fondly about growing up in the housing projects. There she learned community, family and sharing. Roszalyn Akins is the First Lady of the First Baptist Church of Bracktown. She started th
 
Akins starts a Saturday academy at the Bracktown church for African American males. Roszalyn Akins is the First Lady of the First Baptist Church of Bracktown. She started the Carter G. Woodson Academ
 
Akins talks about how she lives her life and what keeps her going. Roszalyn Akins is the First Lady of the First Baptist Church of Bracktown. She started the Carter G. Woodson Academy for young men a
 
Hamilton talks about "Urban Removal" and the effect it had on the black community in Louisville, specifically Walnut Street. Ed Hamilton is a sculptor living in Louisville, KY. This interview took p
 
Hamilton recalls getting involved in the civil rights movement through his art and art groups. Ed Hamilton is a sculptor living in Louisville, KY. This interview took place on July 2nd, 2016 as part
 
Hamilton talks about the fear that women endured during the civil rights movement. Ed Hamilton is a sculptor living in Louisville, KY. This interview took place on July 2nd, 2016 as part of the Kent
 
Logan talks about his first class at UK and experiencing discrimination. George Logan is a civil rights activist from Lexington, KY. This interview took place on May 29, 2013 as part of the Kentucky
 
Logan talks about working to make the day MLK was assassinated a holiday in Kentucky. George Logan is a civil rights activist from Lexington, KY. This interview took place on May 29, 2013 as part of
 
Logan talks about books in schools omitting black history and working to change that. George Logan is a civil rights activist from Lexington, KY. This interview took place on May 29, 2013 as part of
 
Owens talks about the Louisville bussing case and the difference between desegregation and integration. Darryl Owens is a Kentucky State Representative and a Civil Rights Lawyer. This interview took
 
Owens talks about being President of the Legal Aide Society, one of the first black attonery generals for KY and encountering discrimination. Darryl Owens is a Kentucky State Representative and a Civ
 
Owens talks about her law partner, Alberta Jones, being murdered. It is still an unsolved case. Darryl Owens is a Kentucky State Representative and a Civil Rights Lawyer. This interview took place o
 
Neblett talks about the psychology of oppression and fear and how to overcome it. Charles Neblett is a civil rights activist and founding member of The Freedom Singers. This interview took place on
 
Neblett talks about the power of singing as a motivator and as an organizing tool. Charles Neblett is a civil rights activist and founding member of The Freedom Singers. This interview took place on
 
Neblett talks about singing and making music in jail to keep spirits up while fighting racial discrimination. Charles Neblett is a civil rights activist and founding member of The Freedom Singers. T
 
Grundy talks about occupation tactics as a civil rights strategy. Chester Grundy is a Diversity Advisor for the University of Kentucky. This interview took place on May 28, 2015 as part of the Kentu
 
Grundy talks about going to Phillis Wheatley school and having great teachers. Chester Grundy is a Diversity Advisor for the University of Kentucky. This interview took place on May 28, 2015 as part
 
Grundy talks about the ongoing issues of race. Chester Grundy is a Diversity Advisor for the University of Kentucky. This interview took place on May 28, 2015 as part of the Kentucky Civil Rights Ha
 
Wallace reflects on Kentucky's Human Rights situation. Carla Wallace is a Civil Rights Activist from Louisville, Kentucky. This interview took place on Oct 13, 2014 as part of the Kentucky Civil Rig
 
Wallace describes the group she helped start called Showing Up for Racial Justice. It is a network of white racial justice activists with the mandate to get more white people to step up for racial jus
 
Wallace discusses how homophobia was being used to divide people and the beginnings of the Fairness Campaign in Louisville. Carla Wallace is a Civil Rights Activist from Louisville, Kentucky. This i
 
Wallace is torn when she is faced with coming out as gay and wonders how this will affect her reputation as an activist. Carla Wallace is a Civil Rights Activist from Louisville, Kentucky. This inte
 
Neal recalls his juvenile arrests protesting segregation in Louisville. Gerald Neal is a Kentucky State Senator from Louisville and a Civil Rights Attorney. This interview took place on September 16
 
Neal talks about his father's Union activity. Gerald Neal is a Kentucky State Senator from Louisville and a Civil Rights Attorney. This interview took place on September 16, 2014 as part of the Kent
 
Neal discusses the role of compromise in politics. Gerald Neal is a Kentucky State Senator from Louisville and a Civil Rights Attorney. This interview took place on September 16, 2014 as part of the
 
Neal remembers being recruited to run for the Kentucky State Senate upon the retirement of Georgia Davis Powers in 1989. He reflects on the three Kentucky state senators. He talks about navigating iss
 
Elliott recalls lynchings in the woods and the start of the movement. Rev. Dr. Charles Elliott Jr. was born in Wheeler, Alabama in 1934. He is the pastor of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in
 
Elliott came to Louisville in 1952 and encountered many of the same problems that existed in Alabama. Rev. Dr. Charles Elliott Jr. was born in Wheeler, Alabama in 1934. He is the pastor of King Solom
 
Elliott stresses the importance of getting an education. No one can take that away from you. Rev. Dr. Charles Elliott Jr. was born in Wheeler, Alabama in 1934. He is the pastor of King Solomon Missio
 
Davis says that being a black student at UK in the 1960s was not very pleasant. She describes what it was like. Merlene Davis graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Journalism degree. She w
 
Davis describes the first two columns she wrote for the Lexington Herald Leader. Merlene Davis graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Journalism degree. She went to the University of Califo
 
Davis describes the race problem in America like a boil. We're just covering it up with bigger and bigger bandaids and spraying frebreeze around it. Merlene Davis graduated from the University of Ken
 
McMurry recalls the Florida case of the 6 year old being arrested. William F. McMurry is a professional liability attorney practicing in Kentucky. He settled a class action for 243 survivors of pries
 
McMurry recalls the Burris case in Livingston County, Kentucky about the 5-6 year old boy who was sent to jail with his father. William F. McMurry is a professional liability attorney practicing in K
 
McMurry talks about a phone call with Morris Dees. William F. McMurry is a professional liability attorney practicing in Kentucky. He settled a class action for 243 survivors of priest sexual abuse.
 
Watts recalls how lighter skin was judged to be more desireable within the black community itself. Beverly Watts is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Human Rights. In her position
 
Watts describes her work with the Civil Rights office in Chicago. She provided training on Civil Rights Policy in the 1970s, especially Title IX. Beverly Watts is the Executive Director of the Tennes
 
Watts recalls starting her work at the Kentucky Human Rights Commission and notes significant cases during her tenure. Beverly Watts is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Human Rig
 
Anderson reflects on the personal sacrifice of being in the movement. How it may have affected his job prospects. Alan Anderson is the author of Confronting the Color Line which was nominated for a P
 
Anderson recalls the community organizing scene in Chicago in the 1960s. Alan Anderson is the author of Confronting the Color Line which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. A minister and a professor
 
In the Late Sixties-Early Seventies Dolores became active in Women's Rights. Issues were Equal Pay, and Opportunity to run for Public Office. She was a working mother of five children and went to Grad
 
Cunningham reflects on how the police enforced segregation in Louisville as though it were an ordinance and not just custom. Schools were, however, segregated under the Day Law in Kentucky. Raoul Cun
 
Cunningham recalls meeting Stokely Carmichael upon his arrival at Howard University and they began organizing immediately. Raoul Cunningham was born in 1943 and began working for civil rights at age
 
Cunningham talks about how the Sit-in was a tactic that was used to demonstrate the need for public accommodation. Raoul Cunningham was born in 1943 and began working for civil rights at age 14. Cunn
 
Delahanty talks about marching for gay marriage. She supports people marrying who they love. She advocates for Marriage Equality in the Catholic church. Dolores Delahanty is a social activist and pol
 
Georgia Powers talks about passing the Open House Law and the sacrifices that came with it. Georgia Davis Powers was born in Springfield, Kentucky in 1933. She is a politician and civil rights activi
 
Georgia Powers reflects on an Open Housing bill and how she got it passed through legislation. Georgia Davis Powers was born in Springfield, Kentucky in 1933. She is a politician and civil rights act
 
Georgia Powers recalls an experience her father had with job discrimination. Georgia Davis Powers was born in Springfield, Kentucky in 1933. She is a politician and civil rights activist and served a
 
Georgia Powers discusses experiencing discrimination at a restaurant job and getting her driver's license. Georgia Davis Powers was born in Springfield, Kentucky in 1933. She is a politician and civi
 
John Johnson speaks about the assassination of Emmett Till and its effect on the civil rights movement. John Johnson was born in Franklin, Kentucky and is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commi
 
John Johnson talks about having a KY Derby float recognizing black jockeys. John Johnson was born in Franklin, Kentucky and is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. He se
 
John Johnson talks about W. H. Story and the discrimination he faced while working in the school system during integration. John Johnson was born in Franklin, Kentucky and is the Executive Director o
 
Peeples talks about the discrimination he encountered at the University of Kentucky and maintaining a sense of humor. P.G. Peeples began his career at the Urban League of Lexington soon after graduat
 
Peeples talks about continuing the struggle for social justice in Kentucky today. P.G. Peeples began his career at the Urban League of Lexington soon after graduating from the University of Kentucky,
 
Peeples talks about remembering those who made sacrifices for civil rights and continuing their struggle. P.G. Peeples began his career at the Urban League of Lexington soon after graduating from the
 
Suzy Post recalls bringing a fellow student home to Louisville from Indiana University by train. The visiting friend is shocked to see a "white" and "colored" set of drinking fountains. Suzy is ashame
 
Suzy Post comes in from the next room with a blue box that she was given when she was married that she was supposed to collect money in to send to Israel. Suzy Post was born in 1933 and is a Civil Ri
 
Suzy Post felt that she was even more effective on the National ACLU board than on the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union Board. She also talks about the Vietnam War being unconstitutional. Woman had the
 
Suzy Post's parents were first generation American Jews whose job it was to "assimilate, assimilate, assimilate" which she processes as a loss. Suzy Post was born in 1933 and is a Civil Rights Activi
 
Suzy Post talks about how being Jewish affected her wish to be an activist. She addresses worldwide persecution of Jews and explains that in the U.S. African Americans have been the recipients of much
 
Suzy Post talks about being a feminist and defines feminism as her belief that all human beings have the right to fulfill their life's potential. She talks about women not being allowed to own propert
 
Suzy Post remembers the disrepair of Louisville's Central High School as on example of why desegregation of schools was vital. Suzy Post was born in 1933 and is a Civil Rights Activist living in Loui
 
Mattie Jones and her mother encounter discrimination at local dining establishments and stores. Mattie Jones is a civil rights activist in Louisville, Kentucky. This interview took place on April 26
 
The Civil Rights Movement has contributed to major change, but there is still more work to be done. Mattie Jones is a civil rights activist in Louisville, Kentucky. This interview took place on Apri
 
Mattie Jones comments on institutionalized racism today and the importance of educating children on the civil rights movement. Mattie Jones is a civil rights activist in Louisville, Kentucky. This i
 
Mattie Jones persuades young black men to rethink a life of crime. Mattie Jones is a civil rights activist in Louisville, Kentucky. This interview took place on April 26, 2013 as part of the Kentuck
 
Mattie Jones' education on non-violence at The Highlander. Mattie Jones is a civil rights activist in Louisville, Kentucky. This interview took place on April 26, 2013 as part of the Kentucky Civil
 
Mattie Jones talks about the importance of voting to aid social change. Mattie Jones is a civil rights activist in Louisville, Kentucky. This interview took place on April 26, 2013 as part of the Ke
 
Edgardo Mansilla talks about his family values and learning life. Edgardo Mansilla was born in Argentina in 1953. He is the executive director of the Americana Community Center in Louisville, Kentuck
 
Edgardo Mansilla discusses immigrants and refugees and how they (especially their children) react to living in a new country. Edgardo Mansilla was born in Argentina in 1953. He is the executive direc
 
Edgardo Mansilla compares the United States to a pot of stew, not a "melting pot". Edgardo Mansilla was born in Argentina in 1953. He is the executive director of the Americana Community Center in Lo
 

Comments are closed.