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Oral history interview with Louise Reynolds

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Creator:Reynolds, Louise, 1916-1995
Creator:Bobo, Mary
Title:Oral history interview with Louise Reynolds
Date:1979 June 13, 1950-1979

Oral history interview conducted with Louise Reynolds on June 13, 1979 by Mary Bobo. Louise Reynolds was the first African American woman elected alderman in the city of Louisville. Ms. Reynolds discusses her work with the Republican Party, including her work as a precinct committeewoman, in the party's headquarters, and for Representative John Robsion. She worked for Robsion in the 1950s, and was elected to Louisville's Board of Alderman in 1961. Ms. Reynolds discusses the legislation passed during her time on the board, including the Public Accommodations Ordinance, the establishment of the Human Relations Commission, and an Equal Opportunity ordinance, and her involvement in trying to pass an open housing ordinance. She discusses the administrations of mayors William Cowger, and to a lesser extent, Kenneth Schmied. She also describes a visit to the White House at the invitation of President Lyndon Johnson. She also worked for the Small Business Administration, and she talks about the advice she gives small businesspeople who approach the SBA for loans, and notes several successful African American businesspeople in Louisville.

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Types:Sound recordings | Transcripts | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Cowger, William O., 1922- | Schmied, Kenneth A., 1911-1973 | Robsion, John Marshall, 1904-1990 | Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Reynolds, Louise, 1916-1995 | African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville | African American politicians--Kentucky--Louisville | African American businesspeople--Kentucky--Louisville | African American business enterprises--Kentucky--Louisville | Women politicians--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville | Louisville (Ky.)--Politics and government | Louisville (Ky.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Race relations | Race discrimination--Kentucky--Louisville | Segregation--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Segregation--Kentucky--Louisville | Politicians--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in public accommodations--Law and legislation--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in housing--Law and legislation--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in employment--Law and legislation--Kentucky--Louisville | City council members--Kentucky--Louisville | Women city council members--Kentucky--Louisville | Republican Party (Ky.)--Party work | Mayors--Kentucky--Louisville | United States. Small Business Administration | African Americans--Politics and government | United States--Race relations--Political aspects | Legislators--United States | Legislators--Kentucky | 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
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