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00:00:00 - Family background

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

Segment Synopsis: Cindy Duerson LaRue is introduced. She discusses her parents' occupations, her relationship with her grandparents, and her family's socioeconomic status during her childhood.

Keywords: Education; Georgetown Road; Grandparents; IBM; Lower middle class; Nurses; Oakwood subdivision; Parents; Richmond (Ky.); Socioeconomic status; Winchester (Ky.)

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Employment.; Family histories.; Family--history; Lexington (Ky.).

GPS: Georgetown Road (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.115914, -84.521120
00:03:10 - Education

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Partial Transcript: And where did you go for elementary, junior high, and high school?

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about the schools she attended in Lexington before attending the University of Kentucky. She talks about her friends in school, her favorite teachers, and her extracurricular activities.

Keywords: Academics; Bryan Station High School; Business; Cheerleaders; Extracurricular activities; Family values; Favorite teachers; Integrated schools; Leestown Junior High School; Linlee Elementary School; School subjects; Siblings; Student council; Tennis; White friends

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.

GPS: Linlee Elementary School (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.103026, -84.514699
00:08:36 - Recreation during her childhood

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

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about the kinds of activities her family did for entertainment during her childhood. She talks about where they attended church in Lexington.

Keywords: Broadway Christian Church; Close-knit family; Drive-in movies; East Second Street Christian Church; Entertainment; Parks; Playing; Youth groups

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; Neighborhoods.

GPS: East Second Street Christian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.047520, -84.492723
00:10:04 - Decision to attend the University of Kentucky

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

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about why she chose to attend UK over the other schools she applied to. She talks about what she knew of UK's reputation in the Black community prior to her enrollment and how that affected her attitude toward the university.

Keywords: Apprehension; Attitudes; Black community; Encouragement; Motivation; Quality of education; Reputations; Scholarships; Sisters; Size; Value

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College choice; College costs.; College students--Attitudes.; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:13:49 - Experiences at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: And so what semester did you come? What semester and what year?

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about the major she chose, how she felt on her first day of classes, how she was treated by classmates and faculty as a minority student, and her experiences joining a sorority.

Keywords: Advertising; Attitudes; Black Student Union; Classmates; College classes; Delta Sigma Theta sorority; Excitement; First day; Marketing; Off-campus living; Pledging; Social activities; Student organizations; Support

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College majors; College student orientation.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College teachers.; Discrimination in higher education; Greek letter societies.; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:18:28 - African Americans at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: When you were attending UK, um, what were the number of African Americans on campus like?

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks more about minority students at UK and how they were treated by other classmates and faculty. She talks about some of her favorite professors at the university.

Keywords: Advertising; Black population; Favorite professors; Mentors; Minority population; Passion; Segregation; Student Center

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

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:23:28 - Memorable experiences at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: What are one--what is one of your most memorable experiences, most pleasant experiences here at UK while you were attending?

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about two of her most memorable moments at UK: her graduation and her first day of classes.

Keywords: Awards; Delta Sigma Theta sorority; Excitement; First day; Friends; Graduation; Honors; Sisters; Sororities; Sporting events

Subjects: College environment; College sports.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; Greek letter societies.

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:26:23 - Race relations in Lexington, Kentucky / quality of education at the University of 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: LaRue says that race relations have not changed much in Lexington since her days as a student at UK. She talks about the quality of education she received at UK and whether she would recommend the school to others.

Keywords: Changes; Efforts; Improvements; Opportunities; Progress; Quality of education; Recommendations; Size; Value

Subjects: African Americans--Social conditions.; College environment; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Race discrimination.; Racism--Kentucky--Lexington; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:29:34 - Career since graduation

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Partial Transcript: And so you graduated in 1983?

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about her career since graduating from UK, as a sales representative for IBM and Xerox, and then as the Diversity Enrollment Coordinator at UK. She talks about her family life, including her husband and her daughters.

Keywords: Basketball; Daughters; Diversity Enrollment Coordinator; Family life; Husbands; IBM; Married; Product development; Real estate license; Recruiters; Recruitment; Research; Sales representatives; Size; Supercomputers; Technology; Training; Universities; Xerox

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American families; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Employment.; College graduates; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education

00:35:59 - Building a sense of community among minority students at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Is there anything I didn't ask you about the University of Kentucky and your experience that you would like to state before we conclude?

Segment Synopsis: LaRue talks about her desire to use social events as opportunities to build a sense of community among minority students at UK. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Black Student Union; Communication; Community; Dances; Social activities; Social events

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

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