Louisville Magazine

JAN 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 45 By Mary Chellis Nelson Photos by Jessica Ebelhar I'M NOT A GLIDER" Somebody once left Suzy Post a voicemail, saying, "You Jewish, lesbian, anti-Christ, communist bitch." "And she was like, 'I think that's ac- tually one of the best compliments I've ever received,'" says Michael Aldridge, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. "I tried to make that my ringtone." Post is not all of those things, but she has spent her life defending minority and so-called deviant groups and ideas through her work with the ACLU, drawing a lot of racist and homophobic (and the like) hatred along the way. Post has never been one to shrug her shoulders and reason that life isn't fair. Injustice eats at her. Born in 1933 and having grown up during World War II the daughter of German Jews, she says she was always aware of freedoms being essential in a democracy. Her uncle Arthur Kling helped found the local ACLU chapter in the '50s. (Kling was also the first white board member at the Urban League in Louisville.) Post, then in her 20s, joined the ACLU board when she and her husband Edward returned to Louisville after his stint in the Navy out West. e ACLU of Ken- tucky had formed following the group's legal defense of Carl and Anne Braden, a white couple who in 1954 famously bought a house for an African-Ameri- can family in an all-white neighborhood and were later charged with sedition. But, overall, the ACLU wasn't doing enough, according to Post. In the '60s, she became president of the local ACLU chapter and vice president of the national chapter, where she worked with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was teaching at Rutgers at the time — but more on that later. With the ACLU as her platform, Post volunteered herself as the only white plaintiff in the 1972 public school desegregation case (her five children attended public school); organized a nearly 6,000-person march in down- town Louisville protesting President Richard Nixon following the Cambo- dia bombing, on Inauguration Day in 1973; and ran a tight race for state legislature in 1975. She has given sever- al oral histories and has said, "It's a slur on my reputation that I was never able Veteran activist and former ACLU head Suzy Post discusses her spirited life. "

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