Interview with Charley E. Gillispie


  • Identifier1987 OH 077
  • Date5/9/1987
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeGillispie, Charley E.
  • DescriptionThe following is an unrehearsed taped interview with Charley E. Gillispie, graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in the mid 70's. Mr. Gillispie was born July 16, 1947, Richmond, Kentucky. This interview was taped in conjunction with the Alumni Project at Eastern Kentucky University.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration:30:20
  • Time Summary00:00 - 01:00 Introduction.
    01:00 - 02:00 Charley E. Gillispie was born July 16, 1947, Richmond, Kentucky. Parents were Enoc Gillispie and Amy Gillispie, Union City, Kentucky.
    02:00 - 04:00 Discussed educational background.
    04:00 - 06:00 Discussed black families living on farms.
    06:00 - 10:00 Discussed going to Black school in 50's and 60's.
    10:00 - 12:00 Discussed teachers at Dunbar where he attended. Felt Black teachers were very demanding.
    12:00 - 16:00 Spent four years in Air Force at which time he took accounting and business courses. Started EKU in 1971.
    16:00 - 20:00 Mentions people who influenced him along the way with his education.
    20:00 - 24:00 Talks about numbers of Blacks in college during period he attended.
    24:00 - 25:00 Discussed family.
    25:00 - 30:00 Discussed plans for the future, also setting an example for all minorities to help them function in the corporate world.
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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