Arthur Meredith Walters was a 20-year Army veteran and a social services administrator; who is most recognized for his role as the Louisville Urban League’s (LUL) Executive Director from 1970-1987. He joined the LUL, an affiliate of the National Urban League, in 1963 as their Director of Job Development and Employment; and from 1963 to 1987 he worked tirelessly in creating employment, housing, and educational opportunities previously denied minorities.
He wrote the nationally recognized on-the-job training program for the League to assist the under-skilled and under-privileged in finding employment. This signature program helped to persuade Kentucky and area companies to hire, train, and recruit black workers. It became a model training program that was used throughout the network of League affiliates. He was a catalyst for change in desegregation, equal housing, job opportunities for minorities, innovations in program services, and a champion of race relations.
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