Interview with John T. Smith, June 14, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

The son of Baptist minister, Dr. Smith was the Vice President of the Office of Minority Affairs at the University of Kentucky. He taught english at Dunbar High School (1946-1954), was named assistant principal at Dunbar (1954-1959) and principal of Constitution High School (1961-1965). He joined the staff at the University of Kentucky in 1974. Dr. Smith recalls both his educational and teaching experiences at Dunbar and the integration of Constitution High. The University of Kentucky's efforts to recruit African American students are mentioned, as well as the function and history of the Office of Minority Affairs and the problems faced by African American students in the 1970s.

Interview Accession

1978oh073_kh039

Interviewee Name

John T. Smith

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1978-06-14

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Smith, John T. Interview by Edward Owens. 14 Jun. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Smith, J.T. (1978, June 14). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Smith, John T., interview by Edward Owens. June 14, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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