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Ashley Judd, 1988

Posted on March 3, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
20-year-old Ashley Judd speaking at a April 14, 1988 protest march at the state capitol in Frankfort demanding the resignation of University of Kentucky trustee A.B. "Happy" Chandler." In the week prior, the 89-year-old Chandler used of a racial slur at the board's investment committee meeting. About 200 people marched on the state Capitol demanding Chandler's removal from the board. Gov. Wallace Wilkinson met the hostile crowd on the steps and urged forgiveness for Chandler, who had endorsed him in his 1987 gubernatorial campaign. Protesters booed Wilkinson when he said he would not remove Chandler from the UK board. Judd, the daughter of Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynona Judd, the award-winning country music duo from Ashland, told the crowd "I know Governor Wilkinson, and I think he was a little surprised because I was a white, middle-class person in this predominantly black crowd." Judd, then a UK sophomore majoring in history and French, rounded up students to join the march. She walked through the halls of classroom buildings pleading with students to leave their classes and join the rally. Shouting "Stop racism everywhere" and "Let's walk out and let's go to Frankfort," Judd and a few other members of the United Student Association for Racial Justice attracted about 50 UK students to make the trip to Frankfort. When Chandler celebrated his 90th birthday later in the year, he told a reporter he had no regrets about anything during his long and colorful public career. "I wouldn't change a jot or tittle," said Chandler, who died in 1991. Photo by Stephen Castleberry | Staff

20-year-old Ashley Judd spoke at a protest march on April 14, 1988, at the state capitol in Frankfort, demanding the resignation of University of Kentucky trustee A.B. “Happy” Chandler. The previous week, Chandler, then 89, used a racial slur at the board’s investment committee meeting. About 200 people marched on the state Capitol demanding Chandler’s removal from the board. Gov. Wallace Wilkinson met the hostile crowd on the steps and urged forgiveness for Chandler, who had endorsed him in his 1987 gubernatorial campaign. Protesters booed Wilkinson when he said he wouldn’t remove Chandler from the UK board. Judd, the daughter of Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynona Judd, the award-winning country music duo from Ashland, told the crowd, “I know Gov. Wilkinson, and I think he was a little surprised because I was a white, middle-class person in this predominantly black crowd.” Judd, then a UK sophomore majoring in history and French, rounded up students to join the march. She walked through the halls of classroom buildings pleading with students to leave their classes and join the rally. Shouting “Stop racism everywhere” and “Let’s walk out and let’s go to Frankfort,” Judd and a few other members of the United Student Association for Racial Justice attracted about 50 UK students to make the trip to Frankfort. When Chandler celebrated his 90th birthday later in the year, he told a reporter he had no regrets about anything during his long and colorful public career. “I wouldn’t change a jot or tittle,” said Chandler, who died in 1991. Photo by Stephen Castleberry | Staff

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