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 as Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, she initiated the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

This interview took place on September 11, 2014 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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Interviewer: Betty Baye
Videographer: Joanna Hay

Watts reflects on Kentucky’s significant contribution to the Civil Rights Movement and speaks of the value of preserving this history


Watts recalls starting her work at the Kentucky Human Rights Commission and notes significant cases during her tenure. Beverly Watts


Watts describes her work with the Civil Rights office in Chicago. She provided training on Civil Rights Policy in the