Interview with Willis Sutton, June 6, 1997

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

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Interview Summary

Dr. Willis Sutton came to the University of Kentucky as a professor of sociology in 1952. In this interview, he describes Lexington in the 1950s. He talks about its size, its leaders, and the racial climate during segregation. He describes the University of Kentucky during the 1950s, including its size, buildings, and the attitudes of students and faculty.
Sutton discusses his personal reaction to the integration of the University of Kentucky. He talks about the attitudes of other faculty members. He talks about his participation in seminars for Kentucky teachers to prepare them for the integration of schools. He talks about his research on the community of Caro, Illinois for a study on the integration of schools titled, "Schools in Transition."

Interview Accession

2000oh074_af603

Interviewee Name

Willis Sutton

Interviewer Name

Sharon Childs

Interview Date

1997-06-06

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Sutton, Willis Interview by Sharon Childs. 06 Jun. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Sutton, W. (1997, June 06). Interview by S. Childs. University of Kentucky: The African American Experience Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Sutton, Willis, interview by Sharon Childs. June 06, 1997, 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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