The Social Justice Movement – Then and Now

First Unitarian was fortunate to hear the inspiring words from two local, but nationally known, veteran leaders of the civil rights movement.

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Mattie Jones

Mattie Jones has organized countless demonstrations, public conversations, and boycotts advocating for women’s and worker’s rights, environmental justice, peace, and police/community relations. She was a founding member of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and received the 2020 MLK award from the city of Louisville.



Ira Grupper

Ira Grupper’s social justice work began in 1959 as a teenager in his New York housing project. Ira is a veteran of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and moved to Louisville to work with Carl and Anne Braden on the staff of the Southern Conference Education Fund. His advocacy for social justice, labor organizing, and disability rights has taken him all over the South, the US, and around the world.