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Sen. Georgia Davis Powers

Powers was the first African American elected to the Kentucky Senate. First elected in 1968, she served for 21 years and championed bills prohibiting discrimination by race, sex, and age. Previously, she had helped organize the 1964 civil rights March on Frankfort.
Season 1 Episode 3 Length 57:38 Rating: TV-PG

Sen. Georgia Davis Powers

Note: This original one-on-one interview, part of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project, was produced by the Kentucky Oral History Commission and Historical Society.

In 1968, Georgia Davis Powers became the first African-American and the first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate.

Already active in the civil rights movement, Powers had sharpened her political skills over six years of managing mayoral, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns for other people. But her preparation for being a pioneer of gender issues started much earlier. Born in 1923 outside of Springfield in Washington County, Powers grew up the only girl in a family of nine children.

In the early 1960s, Powers led the Allied Organization for Civil Rights in promoting a statewide public accommodations and fair employment law. She was one of the organizers of the 1964 March on Frankfort in support of equity in public accommodations.

During her 21 years in the Senate, she introduced statewide fair housing legislation and sponsored bills prohibiting employment discrimination as well as sex and age discrimination. Powers also supported legislation to improve education for the physically and mentally disabled.

Her memoir, “I Shared the Dream: The Pride, Passion, and Politics of the First Black Woman Senator from Kentucky,” was published New Horizon Press in 1995.

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Season 1 Episodes

Grace Lewis

S1 E14 Length 28:16

Anne Braden

S1 E13 Length 58:24

Audrey Grevious

S1 E12 Length 57:31

Raoul Cunningham

S1 E11 Length 57:49

Jennie and Alice Wilson

S1 E10 Length 56:42

James Howard

S1 E9 Length 34:37

J. Blaine Hudson

S1 E8 Length 56:56

Abby Marlatt

S1 E7 Length 57:49

P.G. Peeples

S1 E6 Length 57:16

Mervin Aubespin

S1 E5 Length 57:41

John Jay Johnson

S1 E4 Length 57:01

Sen. Georgia Davis Powers

S1 E3 Length 57:38

Gov. Edward Breathitt

S1 E2 Length 58:43

Julian Bond

S1 E1 Length 56:26

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