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00:00:02 - Family background

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Partial Transcript: This is an oral history interview with Mr. Jonathan Johnson for the African American Alumni Experience at the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Jonathan Johnson is introduced. He talks about his parents and grandparents, their occupations, and their life in Alabama. He talks about coming to Kentucky to attend Berea College in 1995.

Keywords: Berea College; Birmingham (Ala.); Fairfield (Ala.); Fathers; Grandparents; Jobs; Kentucky; Military; Mothers; Occupations; Opportunities; Tuition

Subjects: African American college students.; African American families; African Americans--Employment.; College choice; College costs.; College students--Economic conditions; Family histories.; Family--history

GPS: Fairfield (Ala.)
Map Coordinates: 33.476667, -86.916667
00:02:52 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: So what childhood memories stick out for you?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about his childhood in Alabama, including his mother and brothers, his school which he says was predominantly African American, his participation in sports and clubs, and his first job.

Keywords: Athletics; Berea College; Brothers; Clubs; Demographics; Discipline; Extracurricular activities; Favorite teachers; High school; Jobs; Low income; Money; Mothers; Movie theaters; Quality of education; Relationships; School administrators; Schools; Segregated; Siblings; Socioeconomic status; White teachers; Working

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood; Neighborhoods.; United States--Race relations.

GPS: Fairfield (Ala.)
Map Coordinates: 33.476667, -86.916667
00:09:25 - Value of education

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Partial Transcript: What kind of a student were you?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about his own views on education and the opportunities it could provide, as well as his family's opinion on education. He talks about his decision to attend college out of state, and talks about whether his high school friends attended college.

Keywords: Berea College; Decisions; Friends; Future; Grades; Grandparents; Military; Mothers; Opportunities; Out of state; Popularity; Science; Values; White friends

Subjects: African American college students.; African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Childhood; College choice

GPS: Berea College
Map Coordinates: 37.57244, -84.29188
00:15:31 - Family life

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Partial Transcript: What did your family do for entertainment?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about the types of activities he and his brothers were involved in during his childhood. He talks about family meals, his mother's work, and her interest in church.

Keywords: African Methodist Episcopal; Baptist; Brothers; Close-knit; Day cares; Denominations; Entertainment; Family dinners; Mothers; Playing; Weekends; Working

Subjects: African American churches; African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood

GPS: Fairfield (Ala.)
Map Coordinates: 33.476667, -86.916667
00:20:27 - Differences between Berea College and the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Okay so you said you attended Berea for your undergraduate degree.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about his experiences at Berea College and compares them to his experiences at the University of Kentucky. He talks about why he chose each school, and the connection (or lack thereof) that he felt with each school. He talks about his favorite professors at UK, and talks about his participation in the Black Graduate Student Association.

Keywords: Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA); Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA); Brothers; Connections; Convenience; Demographics; Dr. Beth Goldstein; Dr. Jane Jensen; Eastern Kentucky University; Educational policy studies and evaluation; Favorite professors; Graduate school; Jobs; Mentors; Mothers; Out of state; Peers; Relationships; ResLife (Residence Life); Scholarships; Tuition; Tuskegee University; Undergraduate degree; Working

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Employment.; Berea College; College choice; College costs.; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.; University of Kentucky

GPS: Berea College
Map Coordinates: 37.57244, -84.29188
00:30:50 - Lack of support at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: What were your expectations when you came to UK?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about the types of attitudes he encountered at the University of Kentucky and says he felt a lack of support from the university regarding his needs as a student. He says he had to advocate for himself in order to find the resources he needed. He talks about his expectations before coming to UK.

Keywords: Advocacy; Apprehensive; Assistance; Attitudes; Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA); Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA); Black professors; Caring; Certificates; Chester Grundy; Discouraged; Expectations; Favoritism; Resources; Scholarships; Support

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College administrators; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Social conditions; College teachers, Black; College teachers--Social conditions; College teachers--Workload; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:38:21 - University of Kentucky's reputation in the Black community

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Partial Transcript: What was UK's reputation in the Black community when you were applying and enrolling?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the reputation of the University of Kentucky within the Black community. He talks about how the university could attract more diverse students and what they would need to do to retain them. He talks more about the lack of support he received from the university, and whether he would recommend UK to others.

[An interruption in taping occurs during this segment.]

Keywords: African American community; Attitudes; Challenges; Connections; Curriculum; Diversity; Expertise; Legacy; Limitations; Mission; Needs; Opinions; Pride; Recommendations; Reputations; Resources; Support; University presidents; Value; Working harder

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College administrators; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Selection and appointment.; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Admission; Universities and colleges--Curricula.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:48:22 - Experiences at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Did you participate in an orientation program when you came to UK?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about his first day at UK, whether he felt welcome on campus, and whether he ever experienced any discrimination at UK. He talks about the self-segregation of Black students in the Student Center, and compares this with his experiences at Berea College.

Keywords: Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA); Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA); College classes; Diversity; First day; Integration; Lost; Parking; Self-segregation; Student Center; Support; Welcome

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Race identity.; Campus size; College environment; College student orientation.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social networks; Discrimination in higher education; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:53:43 - Differences between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like you received a quality education from the University of Kentucky?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the quality of education he received at UK. He talks about the ways in which his experiences at the University of Louisville have been better than his time at UK due to a more diverse student body, more support in locating resources, and a greater sense of connection to the university. He talks more about whether he would recommend UK to other students.

Keywords: "Customer friendly"; Academics; Advice; Athletics; Berea College; Black administrators; Challenges; Connections; Culture; Curriculum; Customer service; Demographics; Diversity; Help; Ideal; Involvement; Mentors; Quality of education; Recommendations; Relationship with community; Relationships; Resources; Sports; Support

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College administrators; College environment; College student orientation.; College students--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.; University of Louisville; University towns

GPS: University of Louisville
Map Coordinates: 38.215019, -85.760222
01:04:11 - Life after graduation from the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: So what have you been doing since you graduated from UK in 2004?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about his employment and his pursuit of his doctorate at the University of Louisville after his graduation from UK. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Berea College; Independent; Opportunities; PhD; ResLife (Residence Life); University of Louisville

Subjects: African American college graduates--Kentucky; African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Employment.; College graduates; College students, Black; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.

GPS: University of Louisville
Map Coordinates: 38.215019, -85.760222