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 efforts.

A campaign of boycotts, demonstrations, arrests and voter-registration drives led to the passage of an ordinance in 1963 banning discrimination based on race, color, religion and nationality in public places.

The historical marker outlines the struggle. It was sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP and dedicated this weekend.

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JCPS Board Won’t Delay Middle School Assignment Plan

by Rick Howlett March 14, 2011

“I’m going to do it with the understanding that our transportation folks that say this can be done, they damn well better be right, or next year they’re going to have to deal with me,” said board member Larry Hujo.

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Student Assignment Survey Results Unveiled

by Rick Howlett January 27, 2011

UCLA professor Dr. Gary Orfield says a survey of more than one thousand parents found that 69-percent of them were satisfied with their child’s school assignment, but there was less satisfaction, 54-percent, with how well the new student assignment plan has been implemented,

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Student Assignment Consultant To Unveil Findings

by Rick Howlett January 26, 2011

Orfield was asked to review the new plan and recommend any adjustments. Superintendent Sheldon Berman says he doesn’t expect any drastic changes to be suggested.

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JCPS Middle School Assignment Plan To Begin In 2011; HS Delayed

by Rick Howlett September 13, 2010

Implementation of middle and high school assignment plans was already delayed by one year amid concerns about potential transportation problems.

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More Parents Join JCPS Suit

by Rick Howlett July 19, 2010

Nine more parents have joined a lawsuit challenging the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan. It brings to ten the number of parents who contend the school district is in violation of a state law that allows them to enroll their children in public schools closest to their homes.

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Another Suit Challenges JCPS Plan

by Rick Howlett June 16, 2010

By Rick Howlett Louisville attorney Teddy Gordon has filed a new lawsuit challenging Jefferson County Public Schools’ new student assignment plan. Gordon filed the suit Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court on behalf of parent Scott Arnold, whose five year old son was unable to get into Cochrane Elementary School near his home for the upcoming […]

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NAACP: Give JCPS Plan A Chance To Work

by Rick Howlett June 14, 2010

By Rick Howlett The Louisville branch of the NAACP has released a report outlining its position on the Jefferson County Public Schools’ new student assignment plan. The school board approved the plan following a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared the district’s 30-year old desegregation policy unconstitutional because it used race as the sole […]

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An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

by Todd Mundt March 1, 2010

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Home Movie Day Debuts in Louisville

by ekramer October 15, 2009

Bloggers and vloggers — those who blog with video — have made their mark documenting history — most dramatically during the 2004 tsunami. Their forerunners where people who made home movies. And today, home movies are often a treasure trove for historians and film buffs. Since 2003, the Center for Home Movies has helped locate […]

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