Interview with Leslie L. Martin, September 5, 1997

Project: University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Leslie Martin was a professor and administrator at the University of Kentucky during its integration in the 1950s. In this interview, he describes the racial climate in Lexington, Kentucky in the 1950s and discusses the University of Kentucky as a traditional, Southern school. He discusses his personal reactions to UK's integration as a professor. He talks about some of the issues they encountered when integrating the residence halls, including worry over black and white students dancing together at the fall dance. He discusses the difficulty of social integration versus the integration of schools. He talks about the problems with married student housing at UK in the 1960s.

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2000oh078_af607

Interviewee Name

Leslie L. Martin

Interviewer Name

Sharon Childs

Interview Date

1997-09-05

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Martin, Leslie L. Interview by Sharon Childs. 05 Sep. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Martin, L.L. (1997, September 05). Interview by S. Childs. University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Martin, Leslie L., interview by Sharon Childs. September 05, 1997, University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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