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Hall of Fame 2012

Delores Delahanty

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Dolores Delahanty, 1929-, Louisville, KY. For more than 50 years, she has led national, state and local efforts to improve the lives of women, children, the poor and the homeless. She and her late husband, Judge Robert Delahanty, were activists in the 1960s civil rights movement in Kentucky. They participated in demonstrations to end segregation in housing, public accommodations and employment. She helped establish Liberty House for children who were abandoned by their families. She helped develop the Winter Help Program to help low-income people pay their heating bills. She worked with Jefferson County Public Schools to create Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Diagnostic Centers to help school children. She cofounded the Women’s Political Caucus in 1971 and was among the first appointees to the Kentucky Commission on Women. She helped win passage of the Fair Credit law in Kentucky, which allowed women to secure credit cards and loans in their own name. She is a tireless advocate in the struggle for just and equal opportunities.

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