Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with F.D. Talbert, July 5, 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: --Urban League on the Oral Black History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Talbert details his early life.

Keywords: Douglas High School alumni; Facilities; Kentucky State University; Principals; Public school system; Public schools; Supplies; Teachers; Teaching conditions; Western Missouri University

Subjects: Education; School management and organization

00:02:35 - Characteristics of an all black school

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Partial Transcript: Were the two school systems separate but equal?

Segment Synopsis: Talbert discusses various aspects of his school including the teacher pay, number of students, and access to resources.

Keywords: "Separate but equal"; All-black schools; Equal pay; Inequalities; Integration; Teacher pay; Teacher to student ratio; Teaching

Subjects: African American teachers.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Segregation; Discrimination in education.

00:06:39 - Teachers in the community / teacher integration

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Partial Transcript: Were black educators considered elite in the black community?

Segment Synopsis: Talbert details how teachers were perceived by the general community and what effect the Civil Rights Movement and integration had on them.

Keywords: Careers; Community perspectives; Integration; Teaching; Teaching career

Subjects: African American teachers.; Civil rights movement; School integration

00:09:25 - Student integration / closing of schools

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Partial Transcript: At that time, were there many more white students?

Segment Synopsis: Talbert discusses the characteristics of the large move from fully segregated to fully integrated including the closing of schools, the hiring of teachers, and the acceptance of new children.

Keywords: Douglas High School; Dunbar; Integration; Jefferson Davis; Lexington Junior High School; Principals; Reactions; School closings; Students

Subjects: African American teachers.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in education.; Race relations--Kentucky--Lexington; School integration; Segregation in education--Kentucky

00:14:51 - State of the school system

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Partial Transcript: How do you now view the public school system?

Segment Synopsis: Talbert reveals what he thinks about the public school system, including what he thinks could be done better. He expresses his opinion on the effectiveness of the education.

Keywords: Elementary schools; Functional illiteracy; Grade schools; Illiteracy; Parent involvement; Reading level; School systems

Subjects: Dropouts; Education, Secondary--Parent participation; Functional literacy; Judgment; Literacy; Teacher effectiveness

00:18:20 - African American success in a public school system

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Partial Transcript: When you had segregated schools, were there many black children that didn't learn or that graduated reading on a fifth grade level?

Segment Synopsis: Talbert explores the conundrum of kids not learning as well as they could. He has trouble pinpointing the reason.

Keywords: Effort; Success

Subjects: African Americans--Education.; Discrimination in education.; School integration--Kentucky--Fayette County; Segregation in education--Kentucky

00:23:53 - Concluding thoughts of job satisfaction

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

Segment Synopsis: Talbert wraps up by explaining how pleased he his with his decision to enter the school system.

Keywords: Conclusion; Happiness

Subjects: Education; Job satisfaction; Teaching