Interview with Nathan R. Sullivan, July 27, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

Interview Summary

A professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Sullivan grew up in Morganfield, Kentucky in a family of thirteen children. His mother, Grace Richards Sullivan, was the daughter of a former slave on the Richards plantation in Union County, Kentucky. He discusses his family history, his graduation from Morganfield Dunbar High School, and his career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Sullivan recounts the discrimination faced by African Americans in the Kentucky coal mines, the racism he encountered in the Air Force both at home and overseas, and returning home in 1966 to further discrimination in Union County, in the Whirlpool Corporation, and at the University of Kentucky. The establishment of ORGENA and the Black Student Union at the University of Kentucky is outlined as are Dr. Sullivans' memories of President John W. Oswald's administration at U.K. and its relationship with students, and the presence of supportive professors at the University.

Interview Accession

1986oh212_kh341

Interviewee Name

Nathan R. Sullivan

Interviewer Name

Ann Grundy

Interview Date

1986-07-27

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Sullivan, Nathan R. Interview by Ann Grundy. 27 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Sullivan, N.R. (1986, July 27). Interview by A. Grundy. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Sullivan, Nathan R., interview by Ann Grundy. July 27, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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