Interview with Theodore Berry, January 28, 1983

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Mr. Berry, a prominent attorney in Lexington, discusses his educational background, family, and the establishment of his law practice. He recalls such Lexington activists and community leaders as Ronald Berry, former University of Kentucky President John W. Oswald, Keller Dunn, Michael Adelstein, William Kenton and Zirl Palmer. Mr. Berry comments upon the civil rights movement in Lexington including the protest marches on the school board, the march on City Hall involving city sanitation employees, and the lack of African American city employees. He recounts the establishment of the Black Student Union at the University of Kentucky, ORGENA, Adolph Rupp and the recruitment of African American basketball players, as well as the administration's response to Black Student Union activities. Mr. Berry also discusses his campaigns for state representative in 1977 and 1979, gerrymandering, and the effect of the bombing of Zirl Palmer's drugstore on the African American community.

Interview Accession

1983oh007_kh208

Interviewee Name

Theodore Berry

Interviewer Name

Gerald Smith

Interview Date

1983-01-28

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Berry, Theodore Interview by Gerald Smith. 28 Jan. 1983. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Berry, T. (1983, January 28). Interview by G. Smith. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Berry, Theodore, interview by Gerald Smith. January 28, 1983, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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