ACLU of Kentucky

Our History

60 Years of Protecting Civil Liberties in the Commonwealth

2015 marked an important milestone of the ACLU of Kentucky, our 60th anniversary of protecting your liberty here in the commonwealth. A group of Kentuckians, shocked and outraged at the “pervasive fog of guilt” that permeated Kentucky in the mid-1950’s during the McCarthy era, came together to charter the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union (KCLU, our original name). The charges of sedition against Louisville activists Carl and Anne Braden for purchasing a home on behalf of African Americans (the Wade Family) were the spark that spurred the KCLU founders to action. The KCLU represented Carl Braden on the appeal of his conviction, eventually securing a reversal after SCOTUS declared all state sedition laws unconstitutional. Since the early days, our organization has expanded from a group of volunteers to a staff of seven. Our work has expanded outside of the courtroom to include advocacy at the capitol, and education and organizing in communities across the state. What remains the same is our steadfast commitment to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Throughout 2015 we explored the history of our organization through the 60 Faces of Liberty project. Each week we shared a profile of a client, board or staff member, coalition partner, or case that tells part of this organization’s rich history. The profiles were shared here on our website, and also on our social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter.

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Faces of Liberty

Faces of Liberty: Michael Aldridge

  • December 18, 2015
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This is the final profile in a series marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding.  Weekly since November 2014, we have shared the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Michael Aldridge “Historically, people think of us as […]

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Faces of Liberty: Erin Kennedy

  • December 18, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Erin Kennedy “I think what the ACLU […]

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Faces of Liberty: Patti Minter

  • December 17, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Patti Minter “Sadly, the need for the […]

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Faces of Liberty: Peg Pittman-Munke

  • December 10, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Peg Pittman-Munke “Do not be discouraged; things […]

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Faces of Liberty: John M. Berry, Jr.

  • December 3, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. John M. Berry, Jr. “The right of […]

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Faces of Liberty: Marcia Segal

  • November 25, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Marcia Segal “If we don’t stand up […]

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Faces of Liberty: Modern Legal Program

  • November 19, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Modern Legal Program “The addition of a […]

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60 Faces of Liberty-Bound Edition

  • November 13, 2015
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As part of our 60th anniversary celebration we collected our 60 Faces of Liberty profiles into a commemorative bound edition for guests at our 2015 Carl L. Wedekind Bill of Rights Program. Take a look at the digital version here.

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Faces of Liberty: Don Sands

  • November 12, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Don Sands “It’s also true of the […]

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Faces of Liberty: Thomas Hogan

  • November 2, 2015
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This is one in a series of profiles marking the 60th anniversary of the ACLU of Kentucky’s founding. Each week through December 2015 we will highlight the story of one member, client, case, board or staff member that has been an integral part of our organization’s rich history. Tom Hogan “Tom devoted much of his […]

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