Interview with Clella Hagans, July 31, 2006

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

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Interview Summary

Dr. Clella Hagans attended the University of Kentucky for medical school after her undergraduate education at Berea College. In this interview she discusses her family background, her early education in Knott County, Kentucky, and race relations in her hometown. She talks about her decision to attend Berea College, based in part on her older brother's negative experiences at the University of Kentucky. She talks about her experiences at Berea College, and her two-year preparation course at Southern Illinois University before entering medical school at UK.

Hagans talks about attending two orientation programs before starting classes at UK, and talks about her support system while in school. She talks about her social life and participation in extracurricular activities at UK. She discusses her experiences with discrimination, and says that sometimes it was difficult to tell whether she was doing poorly in classes because of their difficulty or because of discrimination by the professors. She talks about the difficulty she had with classes in medical school, and says having to defend herself to the medical school committee was her worst moment at UK.

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2006oh154_af740

Interviewee Name

Clella Hagans

Interviewer Name

Erica N. Johnson

Interview Date

2006-07-31

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Hagans, Clella Interview by Erica N. Johnson. 31 Jul. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hagans, C. (2006, July 31). Interview by E. N. Johnson. University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hagans, Clella, interview by Erica N. Johnson. July 31, 2006, 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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