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00:00:10 - Early education

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Partial Transcript: This is an oral history interview with Ms. Lauren Reynolds for the University of Kentucky African American Alumni Experience at the university.

Segment Synopsis: Lauren Reynolds is introduced. She talks about her family background. She talks about which schools she attended in Louisville, Kentucky. She mentions her favorite subjects and teachers, her extracurricular activities, and her family's expectations about her going to college. She mentions she was recruited by colleges to play basketball.

Keywords: Barret Traditional Middle School; Basketball players; Brothers; Debate teams; Demands; Extracurricular activities; Family roots; Family values; Favorite subjects; Favorite teachers; Grades; Grandparents; Integrated schools; J-Town Elementary School; Jeffersontown (Ky.); Jeffersontown Elementary School; Kentucky; Male High School; Middletown (Ky.); Parents; Pressure; Recruitment; Socioeconomic status; Sports

Subjects: African American college graduates--Kentucky; African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Childhood; Louisville (Ky.); Teachers--Kentucky

GPS: Jeffersontown (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.206111, -85.573611
00:06:06 - Family life

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Partial Transcript: What did your family do for entertainment as you were growing up?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about her family's social activities, and says her parents were interested in community service. She talks about their image as a close-knit family, and talks about relationships between family members. She talks about her family's involvement in church due to her grandfather being a pastor. She talks about her relationships with both Black and white students at school.

Keywords: Acceptance; Basketball players; Bates Memorial Baptist Church; Close-knit; Community organizations; Community service; Consolidated Baptist Church; Entertainment; Family meals; Family vacations; Fathers; Fitting in; Grandfathers; Homemakers; Image; Mothers; Pastors; Reconciliation; Relationships; Schools; Social activities; Social role; Socioeconomic conditions; St. Paul Baptist Church; Traveling; West End Baptist Church; White friends

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Louisville (Ky.); Neighborhoods.; Race relations--Kentucky

GPS: Louisville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.25, -85.766667
00:12:39 - Decision to attend the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: And when you were deciding, um, to attend undergrad, was that decision that you made or was your family a part of that decision?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds says she initially decided to attend Clark Atlanta University, but decided it was too far from home. She talks about being offered a scholarship to UK. She discusses UK's reputation within the Black community and the negative feedback she received from others who had attended UK.

Keywords: Awareness; Basketball players; Black community; Clark Atlanta University; Decisions; Distance; Negative feedback; Personal experiences; Reputations; Scholarships

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American families; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College choice; College environment; College students, Black; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Louisville (Ky.); Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky; Racism; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: Clark Atlanta University
Map Coordinates: 33.750833, -84.410278
00:17:11 - Initial experiences at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: And when did you decide on a major at UK?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about why she chose business as her initial major, and why she switched from business to sociology. She talks about the benefits of attending an orientation program aimed at African American students. She talks about feeling overwhelmed on her first day of classes.

Keywords: Adjustment; Black students; Blanding Tower; Business majors; Changes; Contacts; Discrimination; Dormitories; Entrepreneurship; Fathers; First day; Greg Page Apartments; Meeting people; Overwhelming; Parker Scholarships; People; Personality; Resources; Sociology; Student organizations

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College campuses.; College environment; College freshmen; College majors; College student orientation.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Student housing

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:22:42 - Campus experiences and involvement

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Partial Transcript: What organizations did you join?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about the student organizations she joined during her time at UK, including the Black Student Union, the Baptist Student Union, and creating an NAACP chapter at UK in 2004. She talks about where Black students hung out, mentioning the Martin Luther King Cultural Center. She talks about the students' self-segregation in the Student Center and a social experiment they conducted about where people sat at lunch. She discusses the lack of administrative and faculty support for African American students and organizations.

Keywords: African American Affairs; Baptist Student Union (BSU); Black Student Union (BSU); Black students; Comfort; Community; Concerns; Demographics; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); Forums; Funding; Hangouts; Homecoming; Intramural sports; Involvement; Martin Luther King Cultural Center; Members; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Needs; Officers; Panel discussions; Self-segregation; Social activities; Social experiments; Speakers; Student Center; Student organizations; Summit newspaper; Support

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Social life and customs.; College administrators; College environment; College presidents; College students, Black; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College students--Social networks; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:32:22 - Experiences with discrimination at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Did you experience any forms of discrimination from faculty, administrators, um, other students while you were attending UK?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about an incident in which she was accused of cheating on an exam, and despite discussions with the ombud she still received a failing grade for the course. She talks about professors' lower expectations of her abilities.

Keywords: Abilities; Accusations; Behavior; Business majors; Cheating; Expectations; Failing; Grades; Racial slurs; Sociology; Tests

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College discipline; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:38:40 - Support system

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever attend sporting events at UK?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks more about her social and volunteer activities within the community during her time as a student at UK. She talks about some of her mentors at UK, including Dr. Tamara Brown and Chester Grundy, and discusses whether other students were a support system for her.

Keywords: Advice; African American Affairs Department; Attendance; Black Student Union (BSU); Black professionals; Chester Grundy; Community involvement; Dr. Tamara Brown; Encouragement; Girls Club; Helping; Intelligence; Mentoring; Mentors; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Professors; Psychology; Relationships; Seminary; Sporting events; Support; Support networks; Tutoring; Volunteering

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American college students--Social conditions; African American leadership; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social networks; College teachers--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:44:56 - More on experiences with discrimination at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like you were expected to work harder for the same grade as your white, um, peers?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about her peers' assumptions about her, especially in group work situations. She talks about having to work harder than her white classmates for the same grade.

Keywords: Abilities; Assumptions; Changes; Differences; Experiences; Grades; Group work; Image; Prejudice; Presumptions; Professors; Stereotypes; Working harder

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Educators; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Racism; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:49:52 - Race relations in Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: What was Lexington like at the time you were attending UK as far as race relations?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds tells a story about shopping with a white friend in Lexington and being stared at. She talks about the differences in race relations in Louisville and Lexington. She talks about a mural in Memorial Hall at UK that depicts African Americans in positions of subservience, which she says a group unsuccessfully petitioned to have removed. She talks about how this mural may be seen as a reflection of UK's attitude toward African Americans.

Keywords: Attitudes; Black community; Diversity; Explanations; Memorial Hall; Murals; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Paintings; Proud; Racial slurs; Reactions; Reputations; Slavery; Staring; Statues; Stores; Uncomfortable; White friends

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; Discrimination in higher education; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Louisville (Ky.); Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
01:02:05 - Opinions about the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: So when did you graduate with your undergraduate degree?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about what she gained from her experiences at UK, and says she is appreciative of the opportunity. She talks about why she would not recommend someone attend UK, and instead attend an HBCU. She talks about her life since graduation. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Acceptance; Appreciation; Black colleges; Careers; College classes; Culture; Friendships; Graduate school; Graduation; Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU); Learning; Life experiences; Louisville (Ky.); Networking; Occupations; Opportunity; Quality of education; Reading; Recommendations; Seminary; Working

Subjects: African American college graduates--Kentucky; African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Books and reading.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social networks; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; Race discrimination.; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.; Universities and colleges--Curricula.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5