Teens spearheaded Louisville desegregation effort

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- When Louisville became the first city south of the Mason-Dixon line to require businesses to serve people regardless of their race or religion 50 years ago, teenagers were a driving force behind the decision.
 
Teens such as Raoul Cunningham protested almost daily for 27 months at businesses such as restaurants and movie theaters that would serve African-Americans due to their race.
 
Cunningham, who is now the president of the NAACP's Louisville chapter, told The Courier-Journal that the discrimination made him angry and so he did what he could to bring about change in a nonviolent way.
 
Louisville Human Rights Commission Director Carolyn Miller-Cooper says the city has mostly gotten rid of overt racism in the last five decades.

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