History in the News: 50th Anniversary of the Integration of UK & SEC Football

History Advocate for the Kentucky Historical Society, Stuart Sanders, gives us a brief glimpse into the significance of the 50th anniversary of the integration of the SEC.


Governor Edward T. Breathitt and Civil Rights in Kentucky

Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt served as Kentucky’s governor from 1963 – 1967. Among his contributions to civil rights in Kentucky were his efforts in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public accommodations and employment. Breathitt also worked alongside UK president John Oswald in recruiting Nathaniel Northington.

In this audio clip, Gov. Breathitt talks about civil rights legislation in Kentucky and also his role in working with the University of Kentucky to recruit Nathaniel Northington.


(The interview is part of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project, Kentucky Oral History Commission, Kentucky Historical Society:


Ann Reynolds and Bill Meers of LaGrange, KY talk about growing up parallel to each other in a segregated community

Ann Reynolds and William “Bill” Meers discuss growing up in LaGrange, KY when it was a segregated community. They reflect on going to separate segregated schools (1 for white students and 1 for black students) and talk about the community in general during desegregation. Reynolds discusses attending the Lincoln Institute as a young woman and later Kentucky State University. Meers discusses attending Transylvania University and attending the 1964 civil rights march on Frankfort as a student there. He remembers finding a small group from LaGrange at the 1964 rally, of which a member was Reynolds’ mother.

Click here to download an essay from Bill Meers, ‘Bringing Everyone Together in Church:My Civil Rights Experience La Grange, Kentucky in the ‘60s’ in PDF format.


Oliver High School graduation class (Winchester, Ky.)

Group portrait of eight women and four men dressed in graduation cap and gown, from 1945, labeled Oliver High School. Two other adults are standing in the middle of the group, a man and a woman, possibly teachers or administrators. Group is standing outside a brick building.Kentucky Historical Society collection.