Historical Marker Commemorating Fight Against Racial Segregation Dedicated

The two-year effort to end racial segregation in Louisville businesses has been commemorated with a historical plaque downtown. The marker stands at 4th and Chestnut streets. The thoroughfare was a crowded business district in 1961, when local students began nonviolent protests against Jim Crow laws. The NAACP and the Congress of Racial Equality joined the […]

U.S. Justice Department Visits Fort Knox Supporting Military Rights

The top U.S. civil rights attorney is requesting amendments to legislation protecting military service members’ rights. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez spoke to soldiers at Fort Knox on Wednesday. Perez reviewed what legal rights soldiers have while on active duty and introduced new amendments being considered. The amendments protect military personnel from various predatory […]

Mississippi’s Tortured Civil Rights History

Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. WFPL will air “State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement” tonight at 8pm. You can listen to the documentary now.

Getting Equal Access to Transportation

Tonight at 8pm, WFPL presents “Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality,” a new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America’s roads and transit lines. This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

Shawnee Expressway Renamed For Senator Powers

by Gabe Bullard The Shawnee Expressway in West Louisville has officially been renamed the Georgia Davis Powers Expressway. Powers was the first woman and the first African American to serve in the Kentucky state Senate. During her more than two decades in office, Powers championed civil rights causes. She says she hopes the renaming will […]

Thurgood Marshall: Before the Court

Saturday, April 17, 2010 9pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again Thurgood Marshall is best known as the first African American appointed to United States Supreme Court and as the lead attorney in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. Just as remarkable, Marshall was an instrumental figure in striking down the legal […]

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

Saturday, March 6, 2010 8pm Producer: American RadioWorks Listen Again In the 1970s and ’80s, a generation of Americans took part in a vast social experiment. They got on buses, and rode across racial lines. Nearly everyone who experienced school desegregation has a story to tell about crossing racial lines. Together they reflect an era marked […]

Race and the Space Race

Saturday, February 13, 2010 9pm Producer: Richard Paul and Soundprint Listen Again The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights. And because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA played an unintended role in Civil Rights history. In this program, we hear how […]