Green Street Baptist Church recalls Dr. King's last Louisville rally

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:57 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s one of Louisville’s oldest Baptist churches and it holds a special memory when it comes to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday marked the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s murder. Nearly 5 months before he was shot and killed, Dr. King visited Green Street Baptist Church to support a rally organized by Rauol Cunningham.

The rally was to support local politicians and urge the local African-American community to ease up protests and focus on voting – both in terms of getting others to vote and to get other African-Americans elected.

Local African-Americans wanted to elect leaders who could pass open housing legislation. Such a law would protect them from discrimination when trying to find somewhere to live.

December 1967 they elected Louisville’s first black senator and three to the Board of Alderman which led to a passing of an open housing bill not long after.

King never returned to Louisville and Cunningham says the movement King started is still not done.
 

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