Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Lloyd McDonald, July 13, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Personal background

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working with the Urban League on the Oral Black History Project.

Segment Synopsis: McDonald shares some of his personal background surrounding his place of birth, his education, and his origins in the cleaning industry.

Keywords: Cleaners; Lexington (Ky.)

Subjects: Cleaning; Tailoring

00:03:16 - Support from the black community

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Partial Transcript: At the time you opened your store, were there any other black cleaners in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: McDonald speaks about the support he received from the black community, and why black doctors discontinued their services.

Keywords: Black community; Black owned businesses; Black support; Patrons; Retirement

Subjects: African American business enterprises; African American physicians; African Americans--Social conditions.; Businesspeople, Black

00:07:13 - Black businesses and capital

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Partial Transcript: Why are you one of only a handful of blacks that own a business in Lexington today?

Segment Synopsis: McDonald attempts to explain why there is a scarce number of black businesses in Lexington. McDonald also explains the success of black business in the south, and the role of capital loans in starting a business.

Keywords: Banks; Lexington (Ky.); Loan institutions; South

Subjects: African American business enterprises; African Americans--Economic conditions.; Businesspeople, Black; Capital; Loans; Small business

00:12:26 - The black church and the black community

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel that the black church could help promote black business?

Segment Synopsis: McDonald expresses his thoughts about the role of the black church in relation to supporting black businesses.

Keywords: Community; Lexington (Ky.); Word-of-mouth

Subjects: African American business enterprises; African American churches; Businesspeople, Black

00:14:27 - Factors of a successful business

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Partial Transcript: What will the blacks in the community have to do to get more black business in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: McDonald explains what is necessary for a business to be successful.

Keywords: Black business; Black community; Competition; Quality

Subjects: African American business enterprises; Communities.

00:16:36 - Final thoughts

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Partial Transcript: Mr. McDonald, a couple of years ago, you sold your business.

Segment Synopsis: McDonald briefly explains why he sold his business and later reclaimed it. He then provides some final thoughts about running a successful business.

Keywords: Black community; Courtesy; Efficiency; Promptness; Punctuality; Quality control

Subjects: African American business enterprises