eMemoir - On Being a Black Woman Undergraduate at the University of Kentucky in 1961

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Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, History Education, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Public History

A new project has started up at the Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era site. Angela Alexander Townsend is writing a series of posts that describe her time at the University of Kentucky (UK) as a freshman entering in 1961. A predominately white public university, UK began admitting black graduate students in 1949 and -- by the early 1950s -- a few undergraduate students of color. There are several oral history interviews of this time period at UK, but descriptions of women's experiences during these troubled times are noticably absent. Ms. Townsend's e-memoir is a welcome part of the story that still needs to be remembered and considered since public higher education continues to struggle with issues of inclusion.

Please visit Ms. Townsend's project page at:

The Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era site is part of an ongoing community outreach program and we seek to collaborate with any interested individuals or organizations who wish to focus on studying the participation of Kentucky women in the twentieth century civil rights era. This free online environment is open to students of all ages and for our local communities to participate and maintain over time. Contributors are welcome.

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Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era, an open knowledge initiative supported by Michigan State University's MATRIX


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