Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, March 23, 1979

Project: Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson

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Johnson describes his niece and her husband and the social conditions of life in the South for African Americans and women. He discusses how not protesting is seen as agreeing with the adversaries and gives several examples of segregation. He mentions that race relations have improved in his hometown, partly because of the civil rights laws passed by Lyndon B. Johnson, and describes the racial makeup of his hometown when he lived there. He and the interviewer discuss the Uncle Remus stories and how the progress made towards equal rights should be a source of pride for African Americans. Johnson discusses race relations with the police and how his nephew, who became a police officer, was not supposed to arrest white people. He describes some examples of white people objecting to black people having authority over them, including a child who objected to his black teacher. They discuss white privilege and how it prevented poor whites from cooperating with freed black people in order to advance both of their conditions. They discuss the concept of "putting on a coon act" and end with Johnson describing his education from childhood to undergraduate university.

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2019oh1548_whlj0005

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Wade Hall

Interview Date

1979-03-23

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Wade Hall. 23 Mar. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1979, March 23). Interview by W. Hall. Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Wade Hall. March 23, 1979, Wade Hall Papers (2009ms131): Interviews with Lyman T. Johnson, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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