Interview with Brenda Skillman, July 7, 2006

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

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Brenda Skillman graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1972. In this interview she discusses her family background, childhood, and early education in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She talks about her ancestors, including white slave owners and Native Americans. She talks about attending school during the civil rights movement, and her experiences in both segregated and integrated schools. Skillman talks about her decision to attend college, and why she chose to attend the University of Kentucky despite its negative reputation within the Black community. She talks about race relations on campus, and discusses specific instances of discrimination she experienced. She talks about the Black Student Union protesting the university band playing "Dixie" at sporting events. She talks about her participation in extracurricular activities, and talks about her most memorable moments at UK. She talks about her career as a medical technician after her graduation.

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2006oh097_af723

Interviewee Name

Brenda Skillman

Interviewer Name

Erica N. Johnson

Interview Date

2006-07-07

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Skillman, Brenda Interview by Erica N. Johnson. 07 Jul. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Skillman, B. (2006, July 07). 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.

Skillman, Brenda, interview by Erica N. Johnson. July 07, 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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