Interview with Jack L. Givens, August 16, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Jack "Goose" Givens, the first African American All-American basketball player in Kentucky and a member of the 1978 University of Kentucky national championship team, recounts his experiences with the Wildcats. He discusses his career, his celebrity status, and the pressure to win. Givens also talks about Coach Joe B. Hall and teammate James Lee.

Also detailed are the reactions from the African American community to his enrollment at the University of Kentucky and his acceptance by the white community. Givens also remembers other African American basketball players which the late Adolph Rupp refused to recruit, and the recruitment of African Americans by later administrations and supporters of University of Kentucky athletics.

Interview Accession

1978oh132_kh092

Interviewee Name

Jack L. Givens

Interviewer Name

Anthony Wright

Interview Date

1978-08-16

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Givens, Jack L. Interview by Anthony Wright. 16 Aug. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Givens, J.L. (1978, August 16). Interview by A. Wright. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Givens, Jack L., interview by Anthony Wright. August 16, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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