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: Jane Hope

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 8, 2015

Faces of Liberty: Emi Ramirez

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.

September 24, 2015

Faces of Liberty: DREAMERS

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.

September 17, 2015

Faces of Liberty: RFP Founders Committee

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.

September 10, 2015

Faces of Liberty: The Wallace Family

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.

September 3, 2015

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