Building Bridges, Fighting Poverty, and Empowering Citizens

Tracy E. K’Meyer

in Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135274 | DOI:
Building Bridges, Fighting Poverty, and Empowering Citizens

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This chapter discusses the role of various civil rights groups in building bridges, fighting poverty and empowering citizens. It notes that the West End Community Council organized residents of public housing projects to demand garbage pickup and a traffic signal; hosting weekend-long arts festivals where blacks and whites could have fellowship while enjoying music, theater, and dance; and coordinating the fight against poverty in one of the poorest sections of the city. It notes that the Louisville Area Council on Religion and Race, while sponsoring vigils of laypeople and clergy for open housing, also attempted to bridge the gap between whites and blacks by hosting discussion sessions on race relations. It further adds that young men who came to town with the Southern Conference Educational Fund to work for open housing legislation joined Volunteers in Service to America and worked with WECC to organize for the empowerment of the black community.

Keywords: West End Community Council; Louisville Area Council on Religion and Race; race relations; Southern Conference Educational Fund; Volunteers in Service to America; civil rights groups; public housing projects; blacks; whites

Chapter.  14014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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