Sat January 19, 2013
Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights
NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.
Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.
The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights.
Back home, Louisville has seen the loss of many important voices and leaders such as the Rev. Louis Coleman, Anne Braden and most recently Dr. J. Blaine Hudson. Observers says there is still a struggle for equality and wonder if local efforts have suffered.
I asked Cunningham about the generational gap, the Supreme Court cases and alleged discrimination on Fourth Street Live.