Interview with Don Pratt, November 16, 1978

Project: University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project

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At the time of the ROTC building burning (May 5, 1970) Don Pratt, the son of the then University of Kentucky Purchasing Director, was an intermittent University of Kentucky student and Lexington-based social activist deeply involved in the University of Kentucky student protests. Pratt helped organize the religiously-oriented peace activist group the Lexington Peace Council. He was also an orator who decried the carrying and usage of firearms by law enforcement agents the day after the ROTC burning. In this interview, Pratt provides his perspective on the protest. In addition, he documents the particular events leading up to the burning such as the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Meeting on the 18th floor of the Patterson Office Tower--an event which A. B. ?Happy? Chandler attended, and student activists stormed. Other topics discussed include activist opinions about the Vietnam War, the fragmentation of the student movement after the wave of unification brought about by the burning, the different University of Kentucky student activist groups and the key actors of these groups, and also, specific instances of activism?what they were, and how they were evaluated by participants.

Interview Accession

1979oh120_af098

Interviewee Name

Don Pratt

Interviewer Name

John Jason Peter

Interview Date

1978-11-16

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Pratt, Don Interview by John Jason Peter. 16 Nov. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pratt, D. (1978, November 16). Interview by J. J. Peter. University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Pratt, Don, interview by John Jason Peter. November 16, 1978, University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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