Interview with Josephine Beatty, May 19, 1997

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

Interview Summary

Josephine Beatty was one of the first African-American undergraduate students to attend the University of Kentucky. Beatty talks briefly about her family background and the racial climate while growing up in Lexington, Kentucky. She discusses the emphasis her family placed on moral and spiritual values. She also spoke of her family's wish for all the children to receive an education as well as a college education, if they wished. Beatty graduated from Douglas High School in Lexington, Kentucky. She reminisces briefly about her experiences at Douglas, where she graduated valedictorian (along with both of her sisters) in June of 1953.

Beatty then attended Central State in Wilberforce, Ohio for one year before transferring to the University of Kentucky in 1954. She discusses the social differences between Central State, a predominately African-American college and the University of Kentucky. She cites not only the opportunity to "stand in the door" but the fact that it was economically more practical to attend U.K. while living at home. Beatty also recalls how her high school education left her somewhat unprepared for college studies. Beatty left U.K. after one semester; she was married by this time. She mentions that her sister stayed for at least one more year.

Interview Accession

2000oh070_af599

Interviewee Name

Josephine Beatty

Interviewer Name

Sharon Childs

Interview Date

1997-05-19

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Beatty, Josephine Interview by Sharon Childs. 19 May. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Beatty, J. (1997, May 19). 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.

Beatty, Josephine, interview by Sharon Childs. May 19, 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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