Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Lawrence Williams, January 12, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Personal background

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working for doctors George Wright and Benjamin Baker on their oral history project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Williams discuses his personal background and some of the early history of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Keywords: Arlington (Ky.); Coal mining; Elliot Mack; Family; H. H Houston; Harrison Amos; History; John Stevenson; Kentucky State University; Lawrence Williams; Mount Zion Baptist Church; Segregation; Teachers; U. S. Smith

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Family--history

00:05:08 - Pastorate / church activities

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Partial Transcript: I preceded a fellow by the name of the Reverend Harold Taylor.

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses his pastorate, the church's programs, and the current success of the church.

Keywords: Alvin Creek; Bible study; Coal; Coal company; Community; Funding; Harold Taylor; Membership; St. Bernard Coal Company; Sunday school; West Kentucky Coal Company

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Arlington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

00:10:14 - Church focus / Black ministers

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Partial Transcript: Has the focus of the church changed?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses the church's focus, and the status of ministers as leaders in the Black community.

Keywords: Black ministers; Civil rights,Service; Education; Leadership; Members; Preaching; Spiritual; Teaching

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Social conditions.

00:16:42 - Civil rights / Black and White churches

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Partial Transcript: Was Mount Zion actively involved in the civil rights movement of the sixties?

Segment Synopsis: Williams provides his perspective on the civil rights movement, and current relationships between the Black and White churches.

Keywords: Black studies; Civil rights; Community; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Inequality; Integration; Justice; Marching; Members; Police brutality; Protests; Racism,Religion; Segregation

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership:Race relations--Kentucky; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

00:22:37 - Black community

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Partial Transcript: What i, what is the church doing about the problems in the Black community?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses the issues in the Black community and what the church is doing to help.

Keywords: American Indian Movement; Community; Dan Buford; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Economics; Members; Ministerial alliance; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.

00:27:58 - Church's strength and weakness

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Partial Transcript: What, what is the strength of the Black church?

Segment Synopsis: Williams gives his opinion on the strengths and weakness that may be holding back the Black church from greater success.

Keywords: Baptist; Community; Discrimination; Education; Funding; Integration; Leadership; Segregation; W. E. B. Du Bois; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Race identity.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.

00:35:26 - Black churches and education

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

Segment Synopsis: Williams expresses his opinion on the growing number of youth going to school but not giving back to the community.

Keywords: Black World; Church; Community; Education; Family; Fisk University; Leadership; Morehouse College; Spiritual; Sunday school; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Teaching