The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary on the "March on Frankfort" which was initially in support of equity in public accommodations. I spoke to the last surviving organizer Sen. Georgia Davis Powers. In 1967, Powers became the first person of color and the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. She will be in attendance Wednesday and at the age of 80 will take the historic walk once again. Powers says she will be speak right after the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in the program. Sen. Powers will be escorted by her brother.
The rally will commemorate what Civil Rights leaders accomplished by urging Kentucky to pass a law that would help end segregation by making discrimination illegal in the area of public accommodations such as stores, restaurants, theatres, and hotels. The march helped build support for the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and helped result in the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966.
I also spoke with Raoul Cunningham, President of the Louisville Branch NAACP. Cunningham says that volunteers are in Frankfort tonight making signs and getting things ready for tomorrow. Cunningham is expecting two to three thousand in attendance.
I've been in contact with several local organizers and they will meet and convoy to Frankfort. If you plan to attend the 50th Anniversary March on Frankfort let me know. If you someone who walked in 1964 and plan to retrace their steps in 2014 please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be gathering with the Louisville delegation and attending the march. The WHAS11 team will be actively on social media taking you up close to the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, Sen. Georgia Davis Powers and 10,000 marchers converged on the capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky in 1964 making the Bluegrass state the first south of the Mason-Dixon Line to have a state Civil Rights Act.
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The march will begin at 10:00 a.m. People will gather at the corner of 2nd Street and Capital Avenue at 9:30 a.m. to line up in order to proceed to the State Capitol, 700 Capitol Ave.