Civil Rights and a Journalistic Wrong

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Back in the 60’s, civil rights activist charge that newspaper executives, who were almost always white, ignored and marginalized the movement. Forty years later, one Southern newspaper decided it was about time to acknowledge the omission. In bold type, on the front page, Kentucky’s Lexington Herald Leader noted with regret its failure to cover the civil rights movement.


Linda Blackford, reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader

Gerald Smith, professor of history at the University of Kentucky

Calvert McCann, amateur photographer

James Klotter, state historian of Kentucky.