Interview with Lyman T. Johnson, August 9, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

Interview Summary

The first African American to enter the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Mr. Johnson graduated from Virginia Union College in 1930, and later from the University of Michigan where he obtained his master of arts degree. He taught at Louisville Central High School from 1933 to 1966. He recounts his attempts to integrate the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville and talks about Dr. Herman Donovan, president of UK at the time of Johnson's constitutional challenge. Mr. Johnson recalls the treatment he received while on the UK campus, and particularly the positions of Dr. Maurice Saay (Dean and Registrar) and Dr. Thomas Clark, who was the chairman of the history department. Mr. Johnson discusses his membership in a small group of radical African American teachers in Louisville which helped transform the Louisville NAACP and Urban League.

Interview Accession

1978oh123_kh083

Interviewee Name

Lyman T. Johnson

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1978-08-09

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Johnson, Lyman T. Interview by Edward Owens. 09 Aug. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnson, L.T. (1978, August 09). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Johnson, Lyman T., interview by Edward Owens. August 09, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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