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Oral history interview with Mae Street Kidd

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Creator:Kidd, Mae Street, 1904-
Title:Oral history interview with Mae Street Kidd

Oral history interview conducted with legislator Mae Street Kidd on October 10, November 11, and December 5, 1978 by Ken Chumbley. Ms. Kidd discusses her life, including her childhood growing up in Bourbon County. Kidd attended the Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky, and then began working for Mammoth Life Insurance Company, Louisville-based black-owned life insurance company. She discusses her career with Mammoth Life, which was interupted by service in the Red Cross during World War II. She discusses her experiences with the Red Cross, both during her training and during her service overseas. She discusses differences in white attitudes, in particular. She describes her work in public relations and sales after the war, as well as her political career. She was elected to the Kentucky Assembly in 1967 and began serving in 1968. She discusses her attempts to pass legislation to give tax breaks to companies that would provide training to Kentucky residents, and her successful efforts to pass a low-cost housing bill.

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Types:Sound recordings | Transcripts | Oral histories
Subjects:Cunningham, Raoul, 1943- | Martin, Galen, 1927-2006 | McGill, Hughes E., 1920-1970 | Nunn, Louie B., 1924- | Powers, Georgia Davis, 1923- | Stanley, Frank L., 1906-1974 | Street, H. L. | Kidd, Mae Street, 1904- | African Americans--Kentucky | Civil rights demonstrations--Kentucky--Louisville | Race relations | Louisville (Ky.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Public relations--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in housing--Kentucky--Louisville | African American legislators--Kentucky--Louisville | Insurance agents--Kentucky--Louisville | Women legislators--Kentucky--Louisville | Kentucky. General Assembly. House of Representatives | Kentucky--Politics and government | Depressions--1929--Kentucky--Louisville | World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects | World War, 1939-1945--African Americans | World War, 1939-1945--African American participation | Lincoln Institute (Simpsonville, Ky.) | African American schools--Kentucky--Simpsonville | Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Co. (Louisville, Ky.) | African American business enterprises--Kentucky--Louisville | Insurance companies--Employees | American Red Cross | American Red Cross--Employees--Training of--Washington (D.C.) | Discrimination in employment--United States | African American soldiers--Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945--Great Britain | Great Britain--Race relations | Supreme Life Insurance Company of America | Housing--Law and legislation--Kentucky | Employees--Training of--Law and legislation--Kentucky | African Americans--Kentucky--Politics and government | Racism--United States | Louisville (Ky.) | Jefferson County (Ky.) | Frankfort (Ky.) | Franklin County (Ky.) | Simpsonville (Ky.) | Shelby County (Ky.) | Detroit (Mich.) | Wayne County (Mich.) | England | France
Collection:African American Oral History Collection
Institution:University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center
Contributors:Chumbley, Kenneth Lawrence | William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center | African American Community Interviews Collection (William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center)
Online Publisher:Louisville, Ky. : University of Louisville Archives and Records Center
Original Material:

Audiocassette tapes number 683-686, 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

Persistent Link to Item:http://digital.library.louisville.edu/u?/afamoh,27