The PIE records consist of three subgroups: organizational records, 1975-1977; records of other organizations, including various pro-busing groups, 1974-1977; and a topical file relating to the desegregation of Jefferson County, Kentucky, schools, 1972-1978.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville. Mailing lists in the records are restricted. Permission of the University Archivist is required for access to those records.
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Progress in Education (PIE) was a coalition of black and white citizens formed in an immediate response to a weekend of antibusing demonstrations in September, 1975. According to PIE literature, its members organized "to support school desegregation and to fight for an end to recism in the Jefferson County school system." The group eventually disbanded (ca. 1977) as violence abated and the community adapted to busing.
The records reflect the informal structure of the organization, which apparently elected no officers but worked through several committees. PIE held semi-monthly meetings but produced no minutes. A portion of these records were originally created and maintained by the group's guiding spirit, Anne Braden, a well-known Louisville civil-rights advocate, who at the that time was associated with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. After the formation of PIE, Ilene Carver maintained its organizational records and incorporated them with Braden's files. Anne Braden donated the PIE records to the U of L Archives on March 27, 1979. The records are open for research with the exception of mailing lists in box 1. A researcher must obtain permission for access to these records from the University Archivist.