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We Shall Overcome photo from AP
(AP Photo) Some of the 33 persons on a hunger strike in the state Capitol pass the time listening to their radio in Frankfort, Kentucky, March 20, 1964. The group has been in the House gallery since Monday and vowed to starve until the Kentucky Legislature acted on a civil rights bill. The accommodations law is dead at this session which ends today. A leader said the group would stay as long as “we feel we’re serving a useful purpose." The quote on their posters is from Harriet Tubman, "I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other."
This guide is adapted from a webinar for teachers held on July 29, 2020, via ZOOM and hosted by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Dr. Karen Cheser, superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools moderated. She is a member of the Scripps Center’s community advisory board.


Dr. Eric Jackson, Professor of History; Director of Black Studies Program; Northern Kentucky University

Dr. David Childs, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education & History, Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Luis Sierra, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Thomas More University

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