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Wade, Alice

(born: 1939  -  died: 2008) 

Alice Wade, born in Jeffersonville, IN, is remembered as one of the most dependable and committed voices in the Louisville, KY, civil rights movement. When she was not out front, she was many times working behind the scenes, but she also led marches and protest against racism and police brutality.

Wade and Ann Braden were friends who worked side-by-side; they met in the 1980s. Wade was a volunteer, coordinator, and organizer for The Braden Center and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, both in Louisville.

Alice also worked beside activist Rev. Louis Coleman; on July 4, 1999, she and Colman were two of the 12 people arrested for trespassing at the Valhalla Golf Club, where they were protesting against the absence of minority- and women-owned vendors at the PGA tournament.

For more see P. Burba, "Civil-rights activist Alice Wade dies at 69," Courier-Journal, 5/22/2008, News section, p. 1B.

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NKAA Entry: Braden, Anne McCarty and Carl
NKAA Entry: Coleman, Louis, Jr.
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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