On Bended Knees: The Night Rider Story
Presented by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice & noted Kentucky Author, Bill Cunningham
Few people realize today that the most sustained and violent uprising in America between the time of the Civil War and the race riots of the 1960’s was a farm revolt in West Kentucky and Tennessee between 1904 and 1909. The Night Rider Story targets James B. Duke of North Carolina and Duke’s astounding tobacco empire. The story also tells of an ingenious country doctor who led a highly organized secret fraternity of farmers from Kentucky and Tennessee in a bloody revolt against the impoverishing tobacco prices of the “Duke Trust.” This is the true story of America’s past poverty, wealth, violence, greed, and heroism.
Cunningham is the author of the best seller, On Bended Knees –now in discussion to become a major motion picture. Cunningham has authored six books on regional history, which chronicle the struggles for justice in Western Kentucky since the Civil War. As a contributor to multiple newspapers in the bluegrass, his articles and online blog have helped to inform the public about their legal system, as well as their state’s esteemed history.
Before becoming a member of the state's highest court, Cunningham served as a circuit court judge for 15 years. Cunningham served the court system in several capacities before entering his judicial career. He was the Eddyville city attorney from 1974 to 1991 and public defender for the Kentucky State Penitentiary from 1974 to 1976. He served as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 56th Judicial District from 1976 to 1988. During his tenure in that position, he was voted the Outstanding Commonwealth Attorney of Kentucky by his peers.
Justice Cunningham earned his bachelor's degree from Murray State University in 1962 and his juris doctor in 1969 from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam, Korea and Germany.
September 24, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.
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