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Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966

November 8, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

The Kentucky Civil Rights Act was signed into law January 27, 1966 by Governor Edwart T. Breahitt. The Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on race, national origin, color, and religion. It also disallowed housing discrimination. “Kentucky becomes the first state in the South pass a civil rights law. It becomes the first in the south to establish enforcement powers over civil rights violations on a state level.” King calls it “the strongest and most comprehensive civil rights bill passed by a Southern state.” Martin Luther King Jr. calls it “the strongest and most comprehensive civil rights bill passed by a Southern state.”

From middle school to college I have taken many history classes and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966 has never been mentioned. This was a huge milestone in history, and especially for the Civil Rights Movement. It is very interesting to know that Kentucky had a major impact during the Civil Rights Movement. It seems as if Kentucky is thrown under the bus with their participation in history.

When I read about the Kentucky Civil Rights Act I knew that I had to make a blog about this. This act is very important, this changed Kentucky and helped to changed the discrimination practices going on. It also showed how Kentucky changed within their on local government.

http://kchr.ky.gov/kchr1960.htm

http://www.ket.org/civilrights/timeline.htm

http://www.wlky.com/news/22353101/detail.html

3 responses to Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966

  1. This act being passed and not being discussed today in the classroom is a valid point. I am astonished that I have never heard of it or been taught about this piece of legislation passed in 1966. I think this information can be used to help display what a lot of Kentucky people thought and were trying to accomplish during the civil rights era.

  2. thanks for the post, measha! until reading your post i had never heard about this act either. its good to know that Kentucky was so progressive in the 1960′s, its just unfortunate we dont learn about this in middle or high school.

  3. This “milestone” in Kentucky’s history shows to be even more significant after hearing the struggle Senator Georgia Davis Powers went through to have this passed. It took compromise, will power, and strength to get the job done. She had to continually fight for what she believed in in her terms as a Kentucky state senator.

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