To gain a deeper understanding of the historical context and development of the Civil Rights Movement nationwide, this project analyzes the desegregation of the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas declared segregation deprived minority groups of equality in 1954, and the first implementation of the ruling in the United States followed with Willis v. Walker out of Adair County, Kentucky in 1955. The desegregation of Bowling Green schools, however, did not come until 1963 with Willie Larry Lawrence, et al. v. Bowling Green, Kentucky Board of Education et al.. The analyzation of relevant legal documents, news media, and societal reactions to Lawrence in Bowling Green enables a greater appreciation of the story of school desegregation in South Central Kentucky.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Patricia Minter
Rabold, Robert, "Lawrence and Desegregation in Bowling Green" (2014). Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 487.