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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60 Faces of Liberty-Bound Edition

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.

November 13, 2015

Faces of Liberty: Don Sands

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.

November 12, 2015

Faces of Liberty: Thomas Hogan

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.

November 2, 2015

Faces of Liberty: Jeff Vessels

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.

October 29, 2015

Faces of Liberty: Everett Hoffman

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.

October 22, 2015

Faces of Liberty: T Gonzales

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.

October 15, 2015

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