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Oral history interview with Maurice Rabb

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Creator:Rabb, Maurice F.
Creator:Cox, Dwayne, 1950-
Title:Oral history interview with Maurice Rabb
Date:1977 Aug. 15

Oral history interview with Louisville physician Maurice Rabb. Dr. Rabb discusses his early life and education in Mississippi. He speaks of his experiences as a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, comparing race relations in his hometown to those in Nashville. He also discusses student activism at Fisk while he was a student. He describes his medical education at Meharry Medical College, and his internship at Kansas City General Hospital Number 2, the segregated public hospital for blacks in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Rabb practiced in Shelbyville, Kentucky from 1930 to 1946, and he discusses his practice there, including his relationships with the white physicians in town. Rabb left Shelbyville for Louisville, and he discusses the difficulties that led him to make that move. He talks about his move to Louisville and the support (in the form of office space) he received from Dr. C. Milton Young, Jr. He goes on to discuss his work at Red Cross Hospital, and how he came to be the first African American admitted for post-graduate training at Louisville General Hospital. He describes other areas of integration, including the University of Louisville and its athletic programs. He talks about his leadership role in Louisville's Human Relations Commission, particularly in the area of integrating the police force. He describes his own encounters with racism, the changes he's seen over time, and his role in the sit-ins in Louisville in 1960. He also talks about the integration of public housing. He notes that his proudest achievement is his involvement with the NAACP; he was also a founder of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

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Subjects:Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 | Young, C. Milton (Coleman Milton), 1899-1984 | Rabb, Maurice F., 1902-1982 | African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Kentucky--Shelbyville | African American physicians--Kentucky--Louisville | African American physicians--Kentucky--Shelbyville | African Americans--Hospitals--Missouri--Kansas City | African Americans--Hospitals--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in medical care--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in medical care--Kentucky--Shelbyville | Discrimination in medical care--Missouri--Kansas City | African Americans--Medical care--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Medical care--Missouri--Kansas City | African Americans in medicine--Missouri--Kansas City | African Americans in medicine--Kentucky--Louisville | African American civil rights workers--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Social conditions | African Americans--Education | Segregation in education--Kentucky--Louisville | Hospitals--Kentucky--Louisville | Hospitals--Missouri--Kansas City | Medical education--Nashville--Tennessee | Race relations | Louisville (Ky.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville | Segregation--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Segregation--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in housing--Kentucky--Louisville | Housing--Kentucky--Louisville | African American police--Kentucky--Louisville | Law enforcement--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in employment--Kentucky--Louisville | Occupations and race | Discrimination in law enforcement--Kentucky--Louisville | University of Louisville | Meharry Medical College | Fisk University | African American universities and colleges--Tennessee--Nashville | African Americans--Education (Higher) | African American medical colleges--Tennessee--Nashville | Red Cross Hospital (Louisville, Ky.) | General Hospital No. 2 (Kansas City, Mo.) | Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | American Civil Liberties Union. Kentucky Branch | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Nashville | University of Louisville--Sports | College integration--Kentucky--Louisville | Sit-ins--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights demonstrations--Kentucky--Louisville | United States, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, 38.2542376, -85.759407 | United States, Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville, 36.1658899, -86.7844432 | United States, Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus, 33.4956744, -88.4272627 | United States, Mississippi, Lowndes County | United States, Kentucky, Shelbyville | United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, 35.1839962, -89.8955956 | United States, Missouri, Kansas City, 39.099727, -94.578567 | United States, Missouri, Jackson County, 39.0085021, -94.3460913
Collection:African American Oral History Collection
Institution:University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center
Contributors:University of Louisville. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections
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African American Community Interviews Collection (William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center)

Audiocassette tapes number 404 and 405, African American Oral History Collection, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

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