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    The state of Kentucky holds a rich history in the struggle for civil rights and pioneered many efforts advocating for social justice and equality. Berea, Kentucky, is home to Berea College, the first integrated university. Simpsonville is the birthplace of Whitney M. Young Jr., who vastly improved and expanded the National Urban League and feverishly combated employee discrimination. And in the 1960s, Louisville gained national recognition for its peaceful sit-in demonstrations, successfully ending the segregation of its downtown businesses through the passage of a public accommodations ordinance – the first law of its kind in the South. Today you can visit these cities and their historic sites for a more in-depth understanding of these events where they unfolded.


    When you’re ready to experience the history of the United States Civil Rights Trail firsthand, download a state itinerary. These guides have information about the sites you can visit in each state as well as directions and other useful tools to help you successfully plan your trip.




    The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks in the Southern states and beyond that played a pivotal role in advancing social justice in the 1950s and 1960s, shifting the course of history. We started this podcast to continue our mission of motivation people to learn more, see more and feel more. Through this podcast we will tell deeper stories of the Civil Rights Movement from people who were there and made a difference.


    • Season 1 – Alabama

    • Season 2 – Mississippi

    • Season 3 – South Carolina

    • Season 4 – Louisiana

    • Season 5 – Tennessee

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