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Nancy Tyler Demartra, Louisville, Ky. (1939-). African American. Ms. Demartra is a retired teacher from Jefferson County who grew up in Graves County when Kentucky was segregated and black children had to attend a one-room frame school with tattered books and no bathroom while their white counterparts attended new schools that had running water and heat. Ms. Demartra said her mother and grandfather read to her about civil rights leaders and instilled a sense of dignity that she always maintained. She and another student helped integrate Murray State University in the 1950s.
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