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00:00:10 - Family background

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

Segment Synopsis: Dermontti Dawson is introduced. He talks about his parents and grandparents and their occupations. He talks about his family roots in Kentucky, and growing up in the West End of Lexington.

Keywords: Charles Avenue; Family roots; Grandparents; Kentucky; Occupations; Parents; Siblings; Socioeconomic conditions; West End Lexington

Subjects: African American families; African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Employment.; Family histories.; Family--history; Slavery--United States.

GPS: Charles Avenue (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.061535, -84.503648
00:04:39 - Early education

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Partial Transcript: Where did you go to elementary, junior high, and high school?

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about his education in Lexington, his participation in sports, and says his family valued education.

Keywords: Academics; Demographics; Discipline; Effort; Extracurricular activities; Family values; Favorite subjects; Favorite teachers; Grades; Grandparents; Integrated schools; Schools; Science; Sleepovers; University of Kentucky College of Nursing; White friends

Subjects: African American college graduates--Kentucky; African American families; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Recreation; Childhood; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; School sports.

GPS: Bryan Station High School (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.066646, -84.456826
00:10:27 - Family life

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Partial Transcript: Would you describe your family as a close-knit family when you were growing up?

Segment Synopsis: Dawson says his family was very close-knit, and had Sunday dinner together every week. He talks about how he entertained himself as a child.

Keywords: Close-knit; Entertainment; Grandmothers; Main Street Baptist Church; Parents; Playing cards; Social role; Sunday dinners

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

GPS: Main Street Baptist Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.051596, -84.503871
00:13:20 - Coming to the University of Kentucky

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

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about his decision to attend college because he was offered scholarships, and talks about why he chose the University of Kentucky. He discusses UK's reputation in the Black community.

Keywords: Apprehensive; Attitudes; Black community; Carpentry; Decisions; Girlfriends; Reputations; Scholarships

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Social conditions.; College athletes; College choice; College costs.; College environment; College football players; College sports--Scouting; College students, Black; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Economic conditions; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Public relations

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:15:18 - Environment at UK for athletes

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Partial Transcript: Did you feel welcome when you arrived on campus?

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about the advantages and disadvantages of being an athlete at UK, and discusses how it differed from being an average student.

Keywords: Advantages; Disadvantages; Football practice; Grades; Summer school; Time restraints; Welcome

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College athletes; College environment; College football players; College sports.; College students, Black; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Minorities in higher education

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:18:57 - Choosing a major / freshman orientation

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Partial Transcript: What was your major?

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about why he chose to major in kinesiology. He talks about the orientation process for athletes and talks about adapting to his new circumstances.

Keywords: Adaptation; Chiropractors; College classes; Dormitories; Experiences; Kinesiology; Kirwan I; Science

Subjects: College athletes; College environment; College football players; College majors; College sports.; College student orientation.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Student housing

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:22:04 - Lack of time to socialize / best and worst moments at UK

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Partial Transcript: Ho--about how many African Americans were there when you were attending?

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about the number of African American students at UK, and says he did not have much time to socialize due to being an athlete. He talks about being drafted to the NFL, and says being caught the one time he skipped class was his worst moment while at UK.

Keywords: Congregating; Demographics; Memorable moments; NFL draft; Schedules; Senior year; Skipping classes; Socializing; Student organizations; Worst moments

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social life and customs.; College athletes; College attendance; College discipline; College environment; College football players; College sports.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:26:35 - Environment for African American students at UK / support system

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Partial Transcript: I me--you know, I had, I had, I had, uh, a good experience at UK.

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about the culture shock for African American students at UK who are used to more diversity, and says the challenge is even more difficult for those who are not from Lexington. He talks about his support system while at UK, including his family and his advisor.

Keywords: Advisors; Class schedules; Connections; Culture shock; Demographics; Diversity; Dr. Andrew Weiner; Family; Intimidating; Lexington (Ky.); Positive experiences; Study halls; Support systems

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College athletes; College environment; College football players; College sports.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College teachers--Rating of.; Educators; Minorities in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University towns

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:30:50 - Quality of education at UK

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever feel that you had to work harder than your white classmates to get the same grades?

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about the quality of education he received at UK, and talks about the importance of making an effort to learn. He talks about whether he would recommend the university to others.

Keywords: Basketball; Effort; Quality of education; Recommendations; Taking notes; Working harder

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

GPS: University of Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:34:36 - Life since graduation

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Partial Transcript: So I know you graduate in 1987 and then you were drafted in 1988.

Segment Synopsis: Dawson talks about his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team, the possibility of being nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his family life. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Centers (Football); Children; Lexington (Ky.); NFL draft; Pittsburgh Steelers; Retirement; Wife

Subjects: African American college graduates--Kentucky; African American families; African Americans--Employment.; Football players; National Football League.; Pro Football Hall of Fame (U.S.); Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.

GPS: Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Map Coordinates: 40.439722, -79.976389