Interview with Alalia Mack, July 27, 2006

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

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Alalia Mack was one of the first African American students to earn a master's degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky. In this interview she discusses her family background and childhood in Tampa, Florida. She talks about her undergraduate education at Tuskegee Institute.

She talks about choosing to attend UK over the University of Cincinnati because UC had a worse reputation for discrimination, though she says she was still apprehensive about attending UK because of its negative reputation within the Black community. Mack talks about facing prejudice and discrimination during her time at UK. She talks about professors who ignored her, working harder for the same (or worse) grades as her white peers, and being excluded by her white classmates. She talks about how UK could make African American students feel more welcome. Mack talks about why she did not teach after receiving her master's degree and instead became a nurse at the VA hospital.

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2006oh152_af738

Interviewee Name

Alalia Mack

Interviewer Name

Erica N. Johnson

Interview Date

2006-07-27

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Mack, Alalia Interview by Erica N. Johnson. 27 Jul. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mack, A. (2006, July 27). 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.

Mack, Alalia, interview by Erica N. Johnson. July 27, 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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