LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A discussion on the Louisville downtown civil rights demonstrations was held Sunday in honor of Black History month.
The event focused on the efforts by former student activists. Their determinations led to the passage of Louisville's public accommodations ordinance, the first legislation of its kind to be passed by a southern city.
NAACP Louisville Charter President Raoul Cunningham said, "The demonstrations highlighted the need of public accommodations in Louisville. Up until that point much of Louisville was segregated and with the demonstrations came a voter registration campaign and the elections of 1961."
The University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences and the Filson Historical Society partnered for the discussion.