Arts & Culture

University Press of Kentucky Illuminates Black Voices, Stories and Experiences

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2020)  Books are one of our earliest educational resources. They help us to learn language, discover new emotions and expand our understanding of people and places different from our own.

Books are also one of the simplest ways in which we can learn about others’ lives and experiences, escaping, even for a moment, into the world of the author and allowing us to broaden our worldview.

The University Press of Kentucky is pleased to offer several titles written by Black authors, titles that focus on Black voices and stories, and titles featuring Black experiences throughout their list, including several which are part of their open access initiative in collaboration with University of Kentucky Libraries.

“The University Press of Kentucky has a long tradition of showcasing Black voices and stories. From our award-winning Civil Rights series to the struggle for equality in Kentucky, Appalachia, and beyond, these works highlight the historical and cultural impact made by BIPOC,” said Director Ashley Runyon. “UPK remains committed to publishing future diverse voices from our region and nation.”

The press’ open access initiative enables faculty and students from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth and beyond to utilize these online texts for coursework and research. The University Press books will be open to anyone who accesses the UKnowledge platform at this link regardless of their institution through the end of this summer. 

The following titles are included in the open access initiative and can be accessed at this link:

Other titles from the University Press of Kentucky available for purchase on the press' website:

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward operating and publishing expenses.​

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.