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00:00:00 - Early education

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Partial Transcript: This is an oral history interview with Mrs. Sherri Coles for the University of Kentucky African American Alumni Experience.

Segment Synopsis: Sheri Coles is introduced. She talks about her parents and grandparents and their occupations. She talks about growing up in Albany, Georgia and lists the schools she attended before moving to Kentucky. She talks about the demographics of her schools, her extracurricular activities, and her academic performance.

Keywords: Cheerleaders; Demographics; Extracurricular activities; Family roots; Fathers; Favorite subjects; Favorite teachers; Future Business Leaders; Future Homemakers of America (FHA); Grades; Grandparents; Integrated schools; Jobs; Kentucky; Middle class; Mothers; Moving; Occupations; Pastors; Schools; Sleepovers; Social workers; Socioeconomic conditions; Spanish Club; White friends

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Albany (Ga.); Childhood; United States--Race relations.

GPS: Albany (Ga.)
Map Coordinates: 31.582222, -84.165556
00:06:37 - Family life

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Partial Transcript: Did you feel like your family valued education?

Segment Synopsis: Coles talks about the levels of education within her family, talks about her siblings, and discusses the role of church in her life during her childhood.

Keywords: Board games; Close-knit; Entertainment; Family values; Grandparents; Missing; Parents; Pastors; Siblings; Social role; Youth activities

Subjects: African American churches; African American college graduates; African American families; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood

GPS: Albany (Ga.)
Map Coordinates: 31.582222, -84.165556
00:10:25 - Decision to attend college

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Partial Transcript: Who made the decision that you were going to college?

Segment Synopsis: Coles says her parents decided she would attend college. She talks about choosing to attend Kentucky State College and discusses her experiences there. She talks about why she decided to attend the University of Kentucky for graduate school, and talks about her orientation within the College of Social Work.

Keywords: Advanced standing program; Apprehensive; Black community; Church; Clark Atlanta University; Decisions; Distance; Friends; Husbands; Kentucky State University; Masters degrees; Reputations; Social work; Support system; University of Louisville

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Education (Higher); College choice; College majors; College student orientation.; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.; University of Kentucky. College of Social Work

GPS: Kentucky State University
Map Coordinates: 38.2, -84.858333
00:14:34 - Experience at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: You recall your first day on UK's campus?

Segment Synopsis: Coles talks about feeling welcome at the University of Kentucky and talks about the diversity on campus. She compares her experiences at Kentucky State and UK. She talks about organizations she joined at both Kentucky State and UK.

Keywords: Access; Class size; Delta Sigma Theta sorority; Diversity; First day; Gospel choirs; Job seeking; Kentucky State University; Mentors; Professors; Sexual orientation; Student organizations; Support; Welcome

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College teachers--Social conditions; Greek letter societies.; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. College of Social Work

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:18:50 - Race relations

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Partial Transcript: Did you see many African American students in your graduate courses?

Segment Synopsis: Coles talks about the number of African American students in her classes at UK. She says she did not have any experiences with discrimination while at UK or in Lexington. She talks more about her experiences with diversity at UK.

Keywords: Black students; Children; Demographics; Diversity; LGBT community; Married; Positive experiences; Quality of education; Quick; Recommendations; Sexual orientation; Working harder

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College students, Black; Discrimination in higher education; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Minorities in higher education; University of Kentucky; University towns

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:22:19 - Life since graduation

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Partial Transcript: And so what have you been doing since you received your masters?

Segment Synopsis: Coles talks about her career after graduating from UK. She talks about her husband and children. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Children; Counseling; Husbands; Jobs; Kentucky State University; Mental health; Occupations; Social workers

Subjects: African American college graduates--Kentucky; African Americans--Employment.; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.

GPS: Kentucky State University
Map Coordinates: 38.2, -84.858333