Making Civil Rights Gains Real

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:
Making Civil Rights Gains Real

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This chapter provides an in-depth study of the living conditions and attitudes about race relations of white and black residents of Louisville, conducted by Roper Research Associates. It notes that the resulting report documented the stark differences in whites' and blacks' living conditions, the “dismal” state of the latter, and the “frightening” lack of awareness and concern of the white community about both. It reports that the author's stark conclusion was that in 1969, despite purported gains in civil rights over the last decade, in Louisville whites and blacks continued to live in two separate and unequal worlds. It notes that Louisvillians continued to work outside the system to bring about social change. It reports that the NAACP, BWC, and a number of smaller organizations used protests and boycotts to put pressure on business and government on issues on police brutality and jobs.

Keywords: race relations; civil rights; Louisville; social change; NAACP; BWC; police brutality; jobs; blacks; whites

Chapter.  14093 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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