Whitney Hale

By

College: Libraries

New Oral History Project Chronicles KY's Civil Rights History

Published: Mar 5, 2014

 

KY Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project Interview Excerpt: Raoul Cunningham, June 3, 2013

Excerpt from Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project interview with Raoul Cunningham. Video courtesy of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. A transcript of this video can be seen here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2014) — As Kentucky stops today to remember the 1964 Civil Rights March on Frankfort, University of Kentucky announces a new collection of oral histories with many of the state's most noted civil rights activists exploring major milestones in the civil rights movement in the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project is being made possible by a partnership between UK Libraries' Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the UK Office of Community Engagement and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The commission established the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame to recognize men and women who are or have been leaders in the struggle for equality and justice in the Commonwealth; to raise public awareness about human rights issues; and to foster an environment for discussion and education regarding Kentucky civil rights history and ongoing challenges.

 

The oral history collection was the brainchild of Lisa Higgins-Hord, assistant vice president for community engagement, who helped with the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame 2010 Induction Ceremony at the Lyric Theatre. She was inspired by the work of Executive Director John Johnson and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, as well as the stories of the inductees the commission selected for the honor.

 

"During this time I got to know Mr. Johnson’s staff and was very impressed with their dedication and sense of integrity regarding the program. The event was packed with the families of the inductees and supporters of the commission. As each inductee stood before the crowd and their name and accomplishments were read I was deeply humbled and proud to be in their presence," said Higgins-Hord.

 

Still awed by the inductees' contributions a month later, Higgins-Hord began to search for a way to recognize these inductees and their major contributions as leaders in the struggle for equality in Kentucky. 

 

"I felt this collective wealth of knowledge should be heard by more than those who were in the room. Sure, we could read their bio and see their name displayed in the Hall of Fame, but we are just looking at pictures and words; however, when someone is able to tell you their story in their own words, you can experience their rawness, emotion and sometimes get a glimpse into our history as they paint the picture of the reality they were facing at that very moment in their life. They also surprise us when they speak of standing in faith not knowing what the next minute of life would look like."

 

Wanting to capture that impact, Higgins-Hord reached out to Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Boyd and the center, internationally known for their work in oral history, were excited to partner with Higgins-Hord and Johnson to make her idea a reality. The partners worked together to design a valuable collection that the public could easily access and use for years to come.

 

Since then, the group has been hard at work interviewing the inductees with the assistance of interviewer Nieta Wigginton and videographer Joanna Hay. In addition they are creating a website to host a series of videos with the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees.

 

"Through our partnership, we will use these important oral history interviews to assist Mr. Johnson in the process of educating students across the state of Kentucky and others who are interested in the experiences of these leaders. Their experiences are part of Kentucky’s history and giving users a chance to search, explore and connect with these interviews online provides a powerful glimpse into their lives. They give us a chance to understand what it is like to live a purposeful life as we continue on our own journeys in life," Boyd said.

 

To date, 10 members of the Hall of Fame have been interviewed for the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project: Raoul Cunningham, Dolores Delahanty, John Johnson, Mattie Jones, George Logan, Edgardo Mansilla, Charles Neblett, P.G. Peeples, Suzy Post and Georgia Davis Powers.

 

Another five oral history interviews will be completed and added this year to the collection.

 

Created in 1960, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights initially was instructed to encourage fair treatment and foster mutual understanding and respect, and to discourage discrimination against any racial or ethnic group or its members. In 1966, the commission role expanded with the passage of The Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which made discrimination illegal on a state level, and it made the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights the statutory authority to enforce the law for the Commonwealth. The agency receives, initiates, investigates, conciliates and rules upon jurisdictional complaints alleging violations of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. The commission also is mandated to educate members of the public about their rights under the law to live free from discrimination in Kentucky.

 

With UK committed to improving the quality of life of Kentuckians through engagement, outreach and service, the UK Office of Community Engagement supports this effort of intentionally building partnerships that are collaborative, sustainable and mutually beneficial. The office connects organizations, community groups, schools and agencies to the university’s students, faculty and staff.

 

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 9,000 oral history interviews. The number of interviews available online continues to grow, providing greater access to the collection. Topics are wide-ranging from Appalachia, politics, veterans’ stories, as well as documenting important Kentucky industries such as the horse, coal and bourbon industries.  

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

king_march_on_frankfort_1964_1.jpg
File Downloads
August
 
 
 
 
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Fri
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sat
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Artful Sunday: Wrapped Art
Sun
4
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Mon
5
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Tue
6
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Get Moving - A Walking Group for Caregivers
Wed
7
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Thu
8
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Fri
9
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sat
10
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sun
11
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Mon
12
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
UK Working Moms Connection
Tue
13
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Wed
14
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Thu
15
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Fri
16
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sat
17
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sun
18
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Mon
19
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Tue
20
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Wed
21
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Thu
22
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Midnight Dodgeball Tournament
CARES First Year Focus Parent Meetings
CARES First Year Focus Parent Meetings
Parent and Families Reception
Residence Hall Floor Meeting
Off-campus Freshmen Check-in
K Team Meeting: K Week Kick-off
Death By Chocolate
Fri
23
Employee Educational Assistance Award
A Parent's Guide to Life after August 23
Campus Safety Information Session
Donut Avoid The Study
Common Cents: Money Management for College Students Session 1
See Blue...See Community
Succeeding in A Large Lecture Classroom
Horses, Bluegrass, Basketball, and More: Welcome to Kentucky
Success at Any Age: College Tips for Adult Learners
Write Right: Tips for Writing Well in College
Common Cents: Money Management for College Students Session 2
How to Graduate in Four Years
Parental Involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life
Parents Watch for Warning Signs: Suicide Prevention for College Students
Preparing to be a Pre-Professional
Presentation U!: Where YOU are the Ultimate Presentation
Religious Life at UK
Successful Off-Campus Living
The Transfer Student Cruise: Navigating your way through UK
UK Parking & Transportation 101
You Heard It Here First: Tips From A Faculty Member
New Student Induction Ceremony
Minority Student Welcome
Transfer Student Cookout
K Team Meeting: K Week Overview
Men's Soccer vs. Georgia State
Big Blue U
Campus Ruckus
Campus Ruckus
Sat
24
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: Jackass 3
LNFS Presents: Godzilla
Pedalpalooza
K Team Meeting: Lunch and Campus Tour
Center for Community Outreach: Do Good, Start Here.
UK Lex-Mart
Alternative Service Breaks: See the World, Change the World
From the Real World to the Amazing Race, Don't Wipeout: Your Advisor, Advising, and You
Blackboard Basics
Student Government Association Information Session
EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Retreat Interest Session
Student Center Spectacular
Student Center Spectacular
Sun
25
Employee Educational Assistance Award
UK FUSION
UK Parking & Transportation 101
University of Kentucky Association for Transfer Students Interest Session
Candy, Condoms, Coffee
Cleaner, Healthier, Cheaper, Faster: Why Bicycling is the Best Way to Get Around Campus (and how to do it safely)
Working on Campus
K Team Meeting: Dinner with your K Team
Meijer Mania
Mon
26
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Last Day to Drop a Course with 100% Refund
Chem at UK Cafe-N-OJ with the Student American Chemical Society
Coffee (or Coke), Cookies, & Communication!: Come see blue. at Presentation U!
Don't Blow Yourself Up: Surviving Chemistry
Fraternity Recruitment Info Session
OMG! Did I Just E-Mail That to My Professor???
Surviving Your First Year and Beyond: Strategies To Do Well in Your Classes
Sustainable UK: Exploring Environmental Programs in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE)
A User Guide for Your Mathematics Class
Discover the UK Art Museum
K Team Meeting: Common Reading Experience Discussion
Common Reading Introduction for International Students
Transfer Student Meet and Greet
We Are UK
Rec 'N Roll 2014
Big Blue Bingo Night
Mic Check
Tue
27
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Fraternity Recruitment Info Session
LNFS Presents: Jurassic Park
First Day of Classes
Campus Outreach
Opening Act: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Wed
28
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Her
LNFS Presents: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Student Involvement Fair
OrgSync Info session
LGBTQ* Welcome Back
Dive Into Diversity!
Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Thu
29
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Sea of Blue
One Last Beach Bash: RSA Block Party
LNFS Presents: Team America: World Police
Pills and Pizza
K Week Event: Pills and Pizza
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Wichita State
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Francis Marion
Fri
30
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: Neighbors
The Tailgate "Kick-Off"
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Butler
Kentucky Football vs. UT-Martin
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Virginia Tech
Sat
31
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Ohio
Men's Soccer vs. Belmont
Sun
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reset Page