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Audrey Grevious

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
High School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Anything I Want To Do I Can Do It. It May Take A Little Longer But I'll Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1930
Birth Location:
Lexington, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
High School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Anything I Want To Do I Can Do It. It May Take A Little Longer But I'll Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1930
Birth Location:
Lexington
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Biography

Social activist Audrey Grevious was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1930 and has remained there most of her life. After graduating from Dunbar High School, she attended Kentucky State University in Frankfort, earning a B.A. in elementary education, and later earned a master's in administration from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

After graduating, Grevious first taught at, and later became principal of Kentucky Village, a state reformatory for delinquent boys. Following the closing of the school, she taught in Fayette County Public Schools, where she remained until she retired. More than a teacher, Grevious also became active with the NAACP in the late 1940s. She also became active with the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE). As the civil rights movement heated up, Grevious rose to become the president of the Lexington chapter of the NAACP while her friend and vice president Julia Lewis became the president of CORE. The two brought the two organizations together, organizing protests, pickets and sit-ins, and successfully and peacefully achieved their objectives. This marked the first time that the NAACP and CORE had worked together, as ideological differences at the national level had previously kept the groups apart.

Over the years, Grevious has remained involved with the NAACP. Since her retirement, she has become involved in a number of organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors of The Humanitarium, an organization devoted to celebrating diversity. She is also a member of the board of the Community Reinvestment Housing Project, which provides counseling to first-time homebuyers, a member of the board and the former president of Kentucky Tech, and the secretary of her church, Pilgrim Baptist. She is also the president of the Elder Crafters, an organization of senior citizens who make crafts. As a group, they enjoy bowling, and Grevious' home is filled with trophies from the sport.

Grevious passed away on January 6, 2017 at age 86.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Audrey Grevious talks about her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Audrey Grevious talks about her biological father, James Washington
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Audrey Grevious describes her mother, Martha Ross
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Audrey Grevious talks about the Aspendale Housing Projects in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Audrey Grevious describes her childhood neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Audrey Grevious describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Audrey Grevious talks about nurturing teaches who rose above racial discrimination in the segregated school system
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Audrey Grevious describes her teenaged years in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Audrey Grevious talks about being taken care of by neighbors and her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Audrey Grevious talks about her elementary school and her high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Audrey Grevious describes her teachers at Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Audrey Grevious talks about teachers at Dunbar High School who raised money to help send students to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Audrey Grevious talks about teaching children in her neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Audrey Grevious describes her education at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Audrey Grevious describes her experience at Kentucky State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Audrey Grevious talks about finishing her education at Kentucky State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Audrey Grevious describes the NAACP's restaurant service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Audrey Grevious describes her start with the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Audrey Grevious talks about working with Julia Lewis of the Lexington, Kentucky chapter of CORE
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Audrey Grevious talks about how she became president of the NAACP chapter in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Audrey Grevious talks about organizing her first sit-in with Julia Lewis, the president of the Lexington chapter of CORE
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Audrey Grevious describes being attacked at a sit-in
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Audrey Grevious talks about the lack of participation African American religious leaders in the Civil Rights Movement in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Audrey Grevious talks about being arrested for a protest
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Audrey Grevious talks about working to integrate movie theaters in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Audrey Grevious explains the demise of the Lyric Theatre after the integration of theaters in Lexingotn, Kentucky
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Audrey Grevious describes the pressure to continue segregation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Audrey Grevious talks about a store owner's attempt to get her fired
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Audrey Grevious describes fighting for integration at the Kentucky Village Reform School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Audrey Grevious talks about her desegregation efforts in schools, lunch counters, theaters, and places of employment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Audrey Grevious talks about leading a violence-free movement and being the target of hate crimes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Audrey Grevious talks about the unique partnership between CORE and NAACP in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Audrey Grevious describes her own realization of racial injustice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Audrey Grevious talks about the integration of Kentucky Village Reform School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Audrey Grevious talks about her teaching career at Kentucky Village Reform School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Audrey Grevious talks about her career in Fayette County Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Audrey Grevious reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Audrey Grevious talks about the lack of recognition for her work with Julia Lewis in Lexington, Kentucky during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Audrey Grevious talks about her mother and brother's support
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Audrey Grevious talks about teaching neighborhood children about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Audrey Grevious describes how she would like to be remembered