Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Ronald Berry, June 27, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Personal background

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Partial Transcript: --d Owens. I'm working with the Urban League on the Oral Black History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Berry details his family and educational history.

Keywords: Dunbar High School; Family; Kentucky State University; Micro-City Government; Speaker Heights; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Education; Families

00:01:24 - History of involvement in Lexington civil rights initiatives

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Partial Transcript: Could you discuss the programs and the organizations you've been involved with in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Berry speaks on all of the various programs he has been involved with and started himself, detailing the purposes as well as the obstacles he faced.

Keywords: Advantages; Arrests; Black disadvantage; Black power; Black unemployment; Career readiness; Closing schools; Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); Demonstrations; Dignity; Discrimination; Dunbar High School; Dunbar alumni; Early Start; Employment preparation; Human rights; Inequalities; Inequality; Integrated; Integration; Lunch counters; Lyndon B Johnson; Lyndon Johnson; Mayors; Minority; Miss Black Lexington Pageant; Picketing; Pickets; Programs; Race on Religion; Racism; Self identity; Sit ins; Violence; White privilege

Subjects: Communities; Equality; Poor; Prejudices; School integration

00:20:18 - Micro-City Government history

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Partial Transcript: Okay, you are now director of Micro-City Government. How did this organization come about?

Segment Synopsis: Berry discusses how unaware the people of Lexington are regarding the persisting problems of racism.

Keywords: History; Politics; Segregation

Subjects: Lexington, (Ky.); Racism; School integration

00:26:05 - Coming to work for Micro-City Government

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Partial Transcript: How did you become director of Micro-City Government?

Segment Synopsis: Berry describes his experience leading up to his success with Micro-City Government.

Keywords: Career readiness; College readiness; Community support; Job descriptions; Life preparation; Programs; Student development

Subjects: Dropouts

00:30:24 - Family and civil responsibility

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Partial Transcript: You have a brother who is the citi--the citizen's advocate for the Urban County Government and you also have a brother who is a lawyer in town. Why has the Berry family been so active in issues involving blacks in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Berry mentions multiple family members who are serving the community in a way that fits their skills. He explores the reason behind this as well as the pros and cons of it. He also talks about the involvement of the families of disadvantaged black youth.

Keywords: Black youth; Sharing; Struggle

Subjects: Communities; Responsibility:Families

00:34:19 - Individual relationship with government

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Partial Transcript: What kind of relationship do you have with the Urban County Government?

Segment Synopsis: Berry specifies what he does with and for the Urban County Government.

Keywords: Contract; Government; Politics

Subjects: Mayors

00:35:02 - Concluding thoughts

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Berry, is there anything that you'd like to comment on that I haven't asked you?

Segment Synopsis: Berry gives some positive insight.

Keywords: History; Inspiration

Subjects: Oral history