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Oral history interview with Goldie Beckett

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Creator:Beckett, Goldie, 1914-1999
Creator:Chumbley, Kenneth Lawrence
Title:Oral history interview with Goldie Beckett
Date:1978 Sept. 12

Oral history interview with Goldie Winstead Beckett, conducted on September 12, 1978 by Ken Chumbley. In this interview, Mrs. Beckett discusses her life as well as her husband's experiences as alderman in the city of Louisville in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Mrs. Beckett briefly describes her early life and education, including her graduation from Kentucky State College. Mrs. Beckett had a career in education, but also worked with her husband, and for her brother, in the undertaking business in Louisville. She speaks of the Walnut Street area before Urban Renewal. Mrs. Beckett's husband, William Washington Beckett, was elected alderman in 1951 and served until 1961. In this time, he played a role in the integration of the fire and police departments, the parks, and public accommodations, and in developing a Human Relations Commission. Mrs. Beckett discusses her husband's contributions and the civil rights movement in general (both in Louisville and more generally) and gives her opinion on the roles of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the African American church.

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Types:Sound recordings | Transcripts | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Beckett, William W. | Cowger, William O., 1922- | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Beckett, Goldie, 1914-1999 | Undertakers and undertaking--Kentucky--Louisville | Businesspeople--Kentucky--Louisville | African American businesspeople--Kentucky--Louisville | Politicians--Kentucky--Louisville | African American politicians--Kentucky--Louisville | City council members--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in public accommodations--Kentucky--Louisville | Segregation--Law and legislation | Discrimination in employment--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Employment | Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville | Segregation--Kentucky--Louisville | Louisville (Ky.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Race discrimination--Kentucky--Louisville | Race relations | Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons | Louisville (Ky.)--Politics and government | African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights movements--United States | African Americans--Religion | United States, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, 38.2542376, -85.759407
Collection:African American Oral History Collection
Institution:University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center
Contributors:University of Louisville. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections
Original Material:

African American Community Interviews Collection (William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center)

Audiocassette tapes number 635 and 636, African American Oral History Collection, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

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Forms part of online collection: African American Community Interviews, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

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