Thu May 16, 2013
Louisville's Public Accommodations Law, 50 Years Later: Marie Porter's Story
Marie Porter was child of the Civil Rights movement. She was raised in the west Louisville, and at the age of 11 was one of the first African-Americans to integrate into a predominantly white school.
In 1961, as a high school student, she took part in “Nothing New For Easter,” during which she and others refused to purchase clothing from stores that practiced racial discrimination.
That year, and into 1962, Marie Porter took part other demonstrations, marches and sit-ins that occurred on Fourth Street.
These actions, in part, resulted in the passing of Louisville's Public Accommodations Law in 1963, forcing businesses to serve people no matter their race, country of origin, or religion.
Fifty years later, Marie Porter recounts her story — and an incident at the no longer existing Blue Boar Cafeteria on Fourth Street, in which she was struck by a police officer and arrested.