Fair Housing Proclamation Trip

April 11, 2013 in Economic history, Primary source, Social history

John Johnson speaking about the fair housing proclamation

John Johnson speaking about the fair housing proclamation; photo from @rhollingsworth twitter feed

Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure about what to expect in our trip to Frankfort, but I think overall it was an enjoyable trip and a great way to see what we are studying come to life within the rotunda of the capital.

When we first talked to the Commissioner of Kentucky Women, we got a really good glimpse of what the struggle was in Kentucky for powerful women in Kentucky and how it was not uncommon for these amazing women to be overlooked simply because they were women.

dolls of first ladies of Kentucky

First Ladies In Miniature

The exhibit of the portraits of the women and even with the dolls of the women are wonderful tribute to their impact, but even the commissioner called for more; more portraits, statues, and recognition.

The proclamation of the 45th anniversary of the fair housing act was also a powerful thing to witness because we were able to see the level of pride that both blacks and whites who have grown up in the fair housing association in Kentucky had for the progress that has been made here in Kentucky. It was also amazing to hear the references of the powerful women that influenced the movement, like Georgia Davis Powers and Mae Street Kidd, completely unprompted. It really made history come alive for me. It also increased my awareness of the impact that woman made in the lives of future generations. Although we saw that these women were constantly under-appreciated, their impact on Kentucky today is entirely clear.

3 responses to Fair Housing Proclamation Trip

  1. The way you show how women were undervalued at the time period they lived in but are slowly gaining the recognition that they deserve is really great. I like the way that you used all of the experiences you had throughout the day to support this thought and show how truly important women have been and still are to Kentucky history.

  2. Great summary of the field trip! and I’m curious to learn more about how you feel the First Ladies exhibit (the dolls created to show their dresses worn during their husbands’ inauguration ball) supports a constructive view of these women’s impact on Kentucky history.

  3. The fact that we are women makes the history of women’s’ rights that much stronger and poignant for us. Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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