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The Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of our observance of Black History Month WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with PG Peeples, the long-time executive director of the non-profit.  In this 30 minute conversation PG talks about the early days of the agency, including coordinating with President Nixon's Secret Service for the 1971 memorial service of National Chapter President Whitney Young.  He also discusses some of the major accomplishments of the organization over its first half century.

Saving Stories: Even The Newspaper Was Segregated

Feb 8, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Saving Stories observes Black History Month with this look at how Lexington's daily mainstream newspapers handled coverage of African American communities.   In 2004 the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader apologized for the newspaper's failures in covering the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

UK Now

The director of the University of Kentucky’s Martin Luther King Center says he hopes members of the Lexington community will attend at least one planned event during Black History Month.  Kahlil Baker says they want to emphasize that history belongs to everybody whether they know it or not.

Saving Stories: How The Freedom Singers Used Music To Impact Civil Rights Marches

Feb 28, 2017
Nunn Center for Oral History

In this Black History Month edition of Saving Stories we hear from Kentuckian Charles Neblett, one of the founding members of the Freedom Singers which often performed as part of civil rights demonstrations in the early 1960's.

Josh James / WUKY

Gov. Matt Bevin joined the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus for a Black History Month celebration in the heart of the Kentucky Capitol Wednesday.

Saving Stories: UK's History of Desegregation

Feb 26, 2015
Nunn Center For Oral History

As the University of Kentucky continues to celebrate its sesquicentennial we take a look back at efforts to desegregate the school.  Lincoln County native George Logan, one of the first African American students to attend UK talks about the racism he encountered back in 1951.

SAVING STORIES: A Window Into Lexington's Segregated Past

Feb 18, 2014
lexingtonky.gov

This week we take a look back at Douglass Park, Lexington's first park dedicated exclusively for African Americans.

Josh James / WUKY

A complete cast of lawmakers and African-American leaders marked the observance of Black History Month Wednesday at the Capitol.

Memories of the Movement

Feb 13, 2012

The years of the Civil Rights Movement are counted among the most volatile, yet vibrant, in American history. In our Black History month special, Memories of the Movement, The Tavis Smiley Show celebrates the courage, conviction and commitment of the everyday people who made extraordinary contributions to American social progress. Memories of the Movement features poignant, humorous, unheard or little known stories from a number of well-known civil rights icons.