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00:00:07 - Childhood and family background

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Partial Transcript: Um, testing, testing, testing.

Segment Synopsis: Limenta Locke Lymon is introduced. She talks about her family members, their socioeconomic status, their religion, and her mother's emphasis on education. She mentions their struggles and hardships.

Keywords: Brothers; Buses; Children; Churches; Fathers; Happy; Hardships; Mothers; Perfect attendance; Racetracks; Schools; Shiloh Baptist Church; Siblings; Sisters; Socioeconomic conditions; Struggles; Travel; Walking

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Childhood; Employment--Kentucky; Families.; Lexington (Ky.)

00:02:50 - Treatment at the University of Kentucky--Part I

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Partial Transcript: But during the--when I finished school in '54 and enrolled right off at the University of Kentucky...

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks about her decision to attend UK because it was cheaper for her to live at home. She talks about her job at the soda fountain at the UK Student Center where she encountered basketball coach Adolph Rupp on a weekly basis. She says he was always polite to her.

Keywords: 1954; Adolph Rupp; Attitudes; Fathers; Finances; Hardships; Home; Jobs; Presidents; Serving; Soda fountains; Struggles; Student Center; Student Union; Treatment; Work

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; College costs.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Economic conditions; College students--Employment.; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race relations--Kentucky; Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:04:48 - Racial climate in Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Um, now ho--so how would you describe the racial climate of Lexington at that time?

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks about the racial climate in Lexington and how she was surprised that she had a positive experience at UK when it was integrated.

Keywords: 1950s; First class; Proud; Racial climate; Surprised; Treatment

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky; Racism; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:06:21 - Being unprepared for college after high school and receiving help from her classmates

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Partial Transcript: So, as a, as a young child then you didn't have any contact with UK?

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks about how her high school education did not prepare her to be a music major at UK. She talks about how she made friends with white marching band members and other classmates who often tutored her for free. She talks about why she quit college and how she now regrets that decision. She says that all of her interactions with professors were also positive.

Keywords: Backgrounds; Childhood; City; Class size; Classmates; Contact; County; Douglass High School; Dropping out; Dunbar High School; Fathers; French; Grade point average (GPA); Helping; High schools; Italian; Marching bands; Married; Music; Nervous; Opera; Payment; Positive; Professors; Racial incidents; Regrets; Standards; Teachers; Tutoring; Unprepared; Vocal supervision; White schools

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College students--Social networks; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:11:26 - Expectations before coming to UK

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, so what--so you chose UK because of economic reasons?

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks more about her decision to attend UK. She talks about her expectations before attending that she would be discriminated against, which she says never actually happened.

Keywords: Advice; Attitudes; Decisions; Expectations; Nervous; Parents; Remarks; Students; Treatment

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; College choice; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College students--Social networks; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky; Racism; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:13:05 - Treatment at the University of Kentucky--Part II

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so you made good grades you said.

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks about her grades in high school and college. She talks more about her experiences as one of the first African American students at UK.

Keywords: Choir directors; Choirs; Chorus; College majors; Grades; High schools; Jackie Cruze; Music; Professors; Racial incidents; Teachers; Treatment

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race relations--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:14:32 - Friends at UK

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Partial Transcript: Um, so, um, you--did you live at home while you were going to UK?

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks about making friends with a white classmate who was in a sorority. Lymon was invited to the sorority's Christmas party. She talks about hanging out with other African American students in the Student Center.

Keywords: Acceptance; Alberta; Cafeteria; Christmas parties; Classmates; Closeness; Eating; Eating arrangements; Friendships; Home; Mothers; Playing cards; Relationships; Sororities; Student Center; Studying; Welcome

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race relations--Kentucky; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:17:40 - Positive experiences at UK

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Partial Transcript: Um, so you know, uh, the reason why you know I'm interviewing you is because you do have that unique status of being the first black undergraduates to attend UK.

Segment Synopsis: Lymon talks more about her interactions with professors at UK and how her experiences as one of the first African American students were positive.

Keywords: 1954; Better; Crying; Different; Experiences; First class; Positive; Professors; Teachers

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race relations--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:19:39 - Recommending UK

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Partial Transcript: Um, so would you recommend to African American students today to go to UK?

Segment Synopsis: Lymon says that she would recommend UK to African American students today and talks about convincing her granddaughter to take a class there. She talks about how other members of her family tried to discourage them, but they had never actually experienced UK themselves.

Keywords: Basketball; Colleges; Daughters; Discouraging; Family; Granddaughters; Hearsay; Recommendations; Scholarships; Switzerland

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American families; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race relations--Kentucky; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:21:30 - Having a better experience at an integrated school than segregated schools

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Partial Transcript: Okay, well I think that's, that, that's about all I wanted to ask.

Segment Synopsis: Lymon says that she had a better experience at integrated UK than her experiences in her segregated high school. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: All-black schools; Better; Colleges; Hearsay; High schools; Integrated; Positive; Treatment

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Integration; Lexington (Ky.); Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky; Racism; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky