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Saving Stories: differing accounts of the 1964 March on Frankfort

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WUKY’s Award Winning history series Saving Stories closes out Black History Month by revisiting a pivotal moment in Kentucky’s Civil Rights Movement that happened in early March of 1964.

On a cold blustery day in March of 1964 an estimated 10,000 people came to the State Capitol in Frankfort to demonstrate for a public accommodations bill which had been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares interviews from Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Famer Georgia Davis Powers, the first person of color and first woman elected to the state senate:


and Kentucky Governor Ned Breathitt (1963-1967.)


Listeners will get to hear two very different perspectives on the rally that was led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior, Louisville publisher and activist Frank Stanley Junior, former MLB great Jackie Robinson and others.

Hear the entire interview with Georgia Davis Powers at the link below:


Hear the entire interview with Governor Ned Breathitt below:


Alan Lytle has more than 25 years of experience as a Kentucky broadcaster. Over that span he has earned multiple awards for anchoring, writing and producing news & features for WUKY. He took home the Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Best Radio Anchor award in 2021.