Interview with J. Henry "Hank" Ambrose, March 17, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

J. Henry "Hank" Ambrose served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 1971-73 and as a Peace Corps campus recruiter at the University of Cincinnati, 1974-75. He talks about his involvement in Black student protest at Emory University, being home in Memphis when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated and his decision to transfer to the Peace Corps/College Degree Program at the State University of New York at Brockport, where he completed his degree in mathematics and trained for service in Peru. He explains how he ended up serving in Kenya as a mathematics instructor at Kenyatta College. He discusses: his teaching experience; being the only African American volunteer in two training programs; his friendships with Black and White volunteers and others in Kenya; and his travels in East and West Africa. He reflects on the impact Peace Corps had on his life relative to Peace Corps goals. He concludes discussing issues related to Black RPCV’s participation in, and his leadership roles in, the National Peace Corps Association.

Interview Accession

2021oh0171_pcrv0137

Interviewee Name

J. Henry "Hank" Ambrose

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2021-03-17

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Ambrose, J. Henry Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 17 Mar. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ambrose, J.H. (2021, March 17). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ambrose, J. Henry, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. March 17, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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