Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Before the Memories Fade: Dr. Abby Marlatt

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Abby Marlatt, who was instrumental in forming the Lexington, Kentucky, chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). 93 years young, she remembers quite vividly the marches and sit-ins in which she participated to demonstrate her belief in the non-violent movement of the 1960s.

Dr. Marlatt helped to organize protests and marches in downtown Lexington. Despite pressure from officials at the University of Kentucky, where she was director of the School of Home Economics, she persevered. She also helped start the Lexington Committee on Religion and Human Rights, which was a force in calling attention to injustice in Lexington.

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