• Georgia Davis Powers was extremely influential for all women and the African American community through her actions and life. She became the first African American to hold a seat in the Senate and she became the first women to hold a seat in the Senate. Powers had to cross not only the racial barriers of […]

  • Its awesome to learn about this women. To be a member of the first integrated class at uk, to starting her own African American club at the university and then becoming a sociologist who focused her study on race. What a powerful story of someone using all resources given to them and exploiting them inorder […]

  • Medical like enginerring was historically a male dominated area for European countries and the United States. For a women to get involved and never stop trying to improve the lives of the people around her shows the devotion she had towards the medical field. She ignored all the men sterotyping her and focused only on […]

  • Just like women gaining equality and respect through business, they were also gaining it through education. This is a valuable piece of information. I find it extrmely brave for a women to enter into a field of study that no women has ever studied before.

  • An argument about how women would receive equality during the early 1900’s and before the beginning of the civil rights movement and the womens rights movment, some women believed it could be reached by acquiring equality in the finiancial world first. This meant women owning businesses, running bussiness and operating equally on an economic scale […]

  • Its amazing to see someone life Alice have the courage to go after what she dreamed of and to be such an accomplished writer and teacher at such a young age. Despite the preconcieved notions that many people held against her for being a black women in the early 1900’s, shows unbelievable strength and bravery. […]

  • [caption id="" align="alignright" width="100"]Ruth Booker Bryant of Louisville KY, 2003 Ruth Booker Bryant, KY Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame 2003[/caption]

    The effects of segregation in Louisville, Kentucky led the city to be split into two major sections. On the Black side of the city, the living conditions were rough, harsh and dirty for most African Americans. The claim ‘separate but equal’ was clearly not equal here. Some neighborhoods could be compared to third world country living conditions. While working as a social worker, Ruth Booker Bryant saw with her own eyes the way that some people were living, due to the poverty and the lack of upkeep by the cities garbage companies and housing companies.

    Mrs. Bryant quit her job after seeing first hand people sleeping in the dirt, eating out of cans, having no furniture, etc. Mrs. Bryant lived in “Little Africa” (a segregated section of the Parkland neighborhood) for some time when first arriving to Louisville in the late 1940’s. This part of town had outside toilets and pigs and chickens running around people’s yards. This style of living needed to be upgraded, and seeing the things she did while being a social worker and then after living in Little Africa, she started to get involved with political activism on a small scale.

    Ruth Booker Bryant joined the Women’s Committee of the Louisville Urban Renewal League, which had both white and black members. It was designed for progressive thinkers from bothe races to meet and “break the ice.” This was the first step in stopping segregation and for raising the bar for women’s rights in Louisville. Soon there after in the early 1960’s she became the chairman for the Housing Committee and joined the Louisville League of Women Voters. Mrs. Bryant’s new goal was to drastically improve the housing aspect of poor African Americans living in Louisville. She worked with leaders from government funded agencies such as Head Start as well as non-government groups active in Louisville during the early 1960’s during the War on Poverty. Her goal was to make the entire city of Louisville a better place to live.

    Through her constant vigilance, Mrs. Bryant was able to impact her community  and bring about positive change to the people of Louisville. She crossed over racial and gender lines by being a black female. Mrs. Ruth Booker Bryant always carried herself in a positive light and never had time for hate. Women like her have helped change Louisville and Kentucky as a whole.

    Most of my information came from:

    Mrs. Ruth B. Bryant. Interview by Kenneth L. Chumbley. Digital recording and transcript. July 24, 1977. Tapes No. 592 and 593, Oral History Series, University of Louisville Archives, Louisville, KY.

    Ruth Booker Bryant, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, KY.

    See also the Lois Morris papers at the University of Louisville Special Collections: http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=klgead;cc=klgead;view=text;rgn=main;didno=klgar57k

  • What do we as a nation have to do in order to make the country more diverse. The amount of men to women in our local and nationwide government is truly discouraging to anyone trying to make things more diverse on a gender based level. It is even more unfortunate that the racial barrier is […]

  • Thumbnail A constant role that women have taken on throughout Kentucky’s history is the role of educator.  Despite efforts by countless teachers, Kentucky’s public education system has steadily been at the bottom of the nation wide average for graduating and for diversity among staff. Almost 100 years age in 1911, a woman named Cora Wilson Stewart […]

  • Teachers are the life line to our future and women have historically been committed to expanding and improving education in Kentucky. It’s people like Lucille Brooks and Randolph Hollingsworth who will change education statewide, inorder to better Kentucky’s educational system as a whole.

  • A lot of people through out history believed in a certain thing, but didn’t act on it because people feel alone. It takes unbelievable courage to do what Anne Braden and other have done. Most people follow and don’t lead, but its the people who are brave enough to lead that end up making huge […]

  • 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 […]

  • The history regarding the civil rights era and the efforts that were made locally here in Lexington, Kentucky have not been given proper time or coverage, as far as recording the history. That is partially our jobs in this class with our service learning projects. That why I wanted to bring up the power of working together. People from all over the city were using the help of groups such as the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) and the National Association for the Advancenment of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), to organize protests and marches all across Fayette County.

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="159"]Picture of Julia Etta Lewis (1932-1998), from 2001 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Julia Etta Lewis (1932-1998), leader in the Lexington Congress of Racial Equality[/caption]

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="123"]Audrey Grevious Audrey Grevious, leader of Lexington NAACP[/caption]

    Julius Berry, a Lexington native, spent much of his life advocating equality for black people in Kentucky and was involved with C.O.R.E. in tackeling the issue of desegregation in the public schools of Fayette County. At the same time as Julius Berry’s efforts on desegregation, Audrey Grevious and Julia Lewis combined their powers in the N.A.A.C.P. and C.O.R.E. together to arrange sit-ins and non-violent demostrations through out Lexington. The demonstrations and sit-in’s were usually aimed at the segregation of the entertainment businesses, restaurants, education, and public transportation.

    These two women did remarkable work on the community level and they should be remembered for the strength they showed by working together and tying multiple resources together. If the community supports a movement, then change will come with leaders like Grevious and Lewis at the forefront of the local movement. As for Berry, his basketball carear probably influenced him to get involved with C.O.R.E. and the desegregation of the pubilc schools in Fayette County and across the commonwealth. The bottom line is that working together and combining resources under one movement will make life a lot easier for the people involved.




  • What Ms. Abzug did was very beneficial because politics was a huge way that women proved to the public at large that they deserve equality in the work place. The fact the North was ahead of the curve speaks a lot for her choosing to focus on the southern states where the problem was more […]

  • Yes, I think women from this time period showed unbelievable courage. Ms. Balch just gave so much strength to future women simply through her actions. The fact that she was able to overcome so much just speaks to the type of people that never give up and always stay positive.

  • Professor Carolyn Bratt is a perfect example of a woman who took her views and beliefs to a new level of reality. Professor Bratt flew through many glass ceilings and then constructed escalators for other women to come through. Originally from New York, Professor Bratt graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1974 and […]

  • This is a very valid point. While Robert Williams was in jail, his wife was very devoted to continuing the spread of his ideas and works through out the community. In my African American History class last semester I was taught a lot about Williams and his public arrest in North Carolina during the civil […]

  • This book is extremely valuable and I love how it broke down the roles played by people in the civil rights movement. Males being the ones in the eyes of the public in the leadership roles. People like Malcolm X and M. L. King Jr. who had access to the nations largest stages to spread […]

  • Finally someone with some common sense. Anne Braden stepped outside the box by helping black people when she did. I am a firm believer in ‘you are a product of your own enviornment’ but clearly she was able to escape the mold and show some common sense. We are all the same, regardless of race, […]

  • This is clearly very positive for Louisville and of course women. Being that Louisville was the most progressive city in the state, it makes since that they would allow women on the force at such a time, right after the first world war. Women were finally being seen as more equal and more capable of […]

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