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Kentucky Civil Rights

Civil Rights in Kentucky

The 1950s and 1960s were pivotal decades for the Civil Rights movement in both the nation and in Kentucky. In one of the movement’s highlights in Kentucky, Martin Luther King Jr. and other national civil rights leaders in 1964 led a march on Frankfort to protest segregation of public places.

The historic March 5, 1964, Civil Rights March on Frankfort included more than 10,000 people who walked to the capitol to urge a law that would help end segregation by making discrimination illegal in the area of public accommodations such as stores, restaurants, theatres, and hotels. A host of Kentucky civil rights leaders, citizens of all races, and celebrities participated. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, and baseball great Jackie Robinson were among those who travelled to Kentucky to help lead the marchers to the capitol and speak to the crowd from the steps.

Kentucky Centre for African American Heritage

Located in Louisville Kentucky this centre helps enhance the public's knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African-Americans in Kentucky, including the Civil Rights era.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre

Just a short scenic walk across the bridge from Covington and Newport in Northern Kentucky you will find the National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre. Located in downtown Cincinnati, on the banks of the Ohio River the centre gives you the opportunity to discover the stories of freedom's heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.

Muhammad Ali Centre

The Muhammad Ali Centre is a cultural attraction and international education centre that is inspired by the ideals of its visionary founder Muhammad Ali and it is located in Louisville Kentucky. The centre features two-and-a-half levels of interactive exhibits and captivating multimedia presentations, the Ali Centre carries on Muhammad's legacy and inspires the exploration of the greatness within ourselves. Includes an amazing five-screen orientation theatre film, historical Civil Rights era media footage, an interactive timeline of Ali's life, video of Ali's fights.


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