Browse Interviews (7 total)

Jim Distler discusses his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. In particular, Distler details his experiences during basic training, his reasons for enlisting, his occupation as a radio operator, and his life after the service. He also gives his opinions on the military and civilian life after enlistment.

Travis Martin discusses his childhood and how it influenced his choice to join the military. In particular, Martin comments on building a work ethic on his family farm in Somerset, Ky, his time in the military and how it was a struggle filled with disciplinary actions and trauma. He then details his path to higher education and how he came to EKU.…

A graduate of Bannaker High School in Cynthiana, KY, James Way obtained his Bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University and his Master's degree from EKU. Way began his teaching career in Cynthiana, eventually moving to EKU and becoming the first African American teacher at the University. He provides an overview of his family background and his…

Anna Williams Way moved to Richmond, KY in 1969 with her husband who was the 1st black professor at EKU. Mrs. Way began working for Central University College advising undergraduate students about their courses and education. She discusses the many changes she has witnessed over the years at EKU, the African American community in Richmond, and her…

Dan Walker, Jr. describes life growing up in Richmond, KY, black businesses in the area, and his former membership with the Masons, NAACP, and Core. He discusses his family background, attending Richmond High School, and his time in the military service. Mr. Walker recalls racial tension in Madison County, segregation, and civil rights movements…

Ms. Kara Lynn Stone provides details about her family background, the education she received at Richmond High School and Knoxville College, and the Richmond High School Alumni Organization. Former president of the local Richmond, KY NAACP for eight years, a longtime member of First Baptist Church, and member of numerous social organizations Ms.…

Mrs. Lillian Gentry grew up in Madison County, KY where she attended segregated schools and graduated from Richmond High School. After her marriage Mrs. Gentry moved to Lexington, KY and has resided in the Lexington area for many years. In this interview she discusses her family background, education, church, and being a member of several social…
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