Interview with Lillian "Nareen" White-Washington, February 4, 2021

Project: University of Kentucky Athletics: Women's Basketball Oral History Project

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Lillian "Nareen" White-Washington was the first African American female basketball player at the University of Kentucky. In this interview, White-Washington talks about her childhood in Georgetown, Kentucky. She talks about playing sports with the boys and her competitive attitude, especially in track and basketball. She talks about being recruited by women's basketball coach Sue Feamster at the University of Kentucky and being the first African American woman to receive a basketball scholarship at UK. She talks about what it was like as one of the very few African American students on campus at the time, saying she felt intimidated and out of place. She talks about her struggles adjusting to college life and the lack of guidance and structure offered to her by anyone at the university which led to her being on academic probation. She discusses her routine as a student athlete, her mentality as a basketball player at UK, and memorable moments from the 1975-1976 basketball season. White-Washington talks about being one of the players from UK chosen by Sue Feamster to attend the tryouts for the Olympics in 1976. She talks about the impact of Title IX on sports for girls when she was in high school. White-Washington talks about transferring to Eastern Kentucky University before joining the military. She talks about her experience in basic training, beginning to play basketball in the military, and meeting her husband. She talks about her current work with the Community Action Foster Grandmother Program, mentoring children who need extra help academically or in other aspects of their lives. White-Washington talks about her legacy as the first African American female basketball player at UK and her impact on the African American players who came after her.

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2021oh0075_ukabskw0002

Interviewee Name

Lillian "Nareen" White-Washington

Interviewer Name

Valerie R. Still

Interview Date

2021-02-04

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White-Washington, Lillian Interview by Valerie R. Still. 04 Feb. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

White-Washington, L. (2021, February 04). Interview by V. R. Still. University of Kentucky Athletics: Women's Basketball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

White-Washington, Lillian, interview by Valerie R. Still. February 04, 2021, University of Kentucky Athletics: Women's Basketball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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