Interview with Henry Jones, November 3, 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: --ward Owens. I'm working with the Urban League on the Oral Black History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones summarizes his early life, including his childhood and education.

Keywords: Dunbar High School; Ministry; Reverends; Russell Elementary School

Subjects: African Americans--Education.; Background information; Basketball; Church work; Kentucky State University; Lexington (Ky.); Ministers; School integration

00:01:28 - Role of the church in the community

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Partial Transcript: What role did the church play during the Great Depression?

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones discusses what efforts a church makes for the community during historically difficult times, and in general. He includes providing hope, comfort, and a place for expression and talent.

Keywords: 1930; Black community; Comfort; Expression; Families of war; Financial crisis; Great Depression; Hope; Impact; Power; Responsibility; Scholarship; Social pressure; Social situations; Soldiers; WW2; WWII; World War 2; World War II; World War Two

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; Communities; Depressions--1929--Kentucky; World War, 1939-1945

00:09:31 - Black church involvement

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Partial Transcript: What kind of relationship has existed between black and white churches over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones explains the position black churches take in regard to other churches as well as the Lexington people.

Keywords: Black churches; Programs; Relationships; White churches

Subjects: African American churches; Church; Religion; Religious institutions; Youth

00:13:43 - Black ministers

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Partial Transcript: Is the black minister still the leader in the black community?

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones emphasizes the importance of the relationship a minister has with his congregation when it comes to leadership style.

Keywords: Black community; Congregation; Control; Dictator; Humility; Independence; Influence; Influential leaders; Insecurities; Leadership; Ministers; Organization; Organizations; Power; Relationships

Subjects: Administration; African American clergy.; African American leadership; Social influence

00:23:32 - Lexington churches during the Civil Rights Movement

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Partial Transcript: What role did the Lexington churches play in the Civil Rights Movement?

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones resents that churches are relatively uninvolved in the Civil Rights Movement because he feels churches have a big impact on the community.

Keywords: Involvement; Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church (Lexington, Ky.); Resentment; Sympathy

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; Civil rights movements--United States

00:28:58 - Black lives in Lexington

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Partial Transcript: What organizations or activities have you been involved in in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones lists the civic organizations he was involved in; explores the idea of blacks not going to church; and explains his opinion on the absence of black-run businesses in Lexington.

Keywords: CORE; Civic duty; Civic organizations; Desire; Economics; Finance; Funds; NAACP; Urban League

Subjects: African American business enterprises; African American churches; Associations, institutions, etc; Businesspeople, Black; Church; Congress of Racial Equality; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

00:35:00 - Analysis of the Lexington Christian community

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

Segment Synopsis: Reverend Jones analyzes the participation of community members across Christian denominations, including both blacks and whites.

Keywords: Baptists; Blacks; Dan Garrison; Ronald Berry; Sympathy; White clergy; Whites

Subjects: Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ); Church work; Churches--Kentucky; Clergy; Disciples of Christ; Methodists; Presbyterians