Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Archie B. Powers, September 10, 2010

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries


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00:00:00 - Introduction / Miller as a coach

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so, um, I'm Joanna Hay and we're starting an interview with Archie Powers.

Segment Synopsis: Powers speaks about being recruited to play football for the University of Kentucky. He describes Jack Miller as a coach.

Keywords: College; Recruitment; Sports

Subjects: Coaches (Athletics); Football players

00:05:05 - Respect for Miller / football practice

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Partial Transcript: Everyone, um, talks about what respect he commanded. What, what was it that--about him that commanded such respect and gave him that leadership power?

Segment Synopsis: Powers talks about why people respected Miller. He describes Miller's coaching style. Powers talks about Miller's war injuries. He describes what football practice was like.

Keywords: Authority figures; Community; Reputation; Respect

Subjects: Character.; Coaches (Athletics); School sports.

00:09:28 - Integration at Williamsburg

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Partial Transcript: What was it like, um, in Williamsburg, I know that one of, one of the things, um, Coach Miller is so well known for, is integrating the schools.

Segment Synopsis: Powers talks about Miller's role in desegregating Williamsburg schools. He discusses how Williamsburg was already integrated as a town.

Keywords: Desegregation; Race relations; School superintendents

Subjects: School integration--Kentucky; Segregation in education.

GPS: Williamsburg, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.736667, -84.164722
00:12:06 - Memories of Miller / Miller's character

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Partial Transcript: So can you remember a Coach Miller story that you'd like to tell? An incident or something that he said to you or something that you remember?

Segment Synopsis: Powers describes an incident where Miller came to watch him scrimmage at a University of Kentucky football game and he did not get to play. He describes Miller convincing him to come to Williamsburg High School. Powers discusses Miller's character.

Keywords: Education; Football players; Games; Recruitment; Teams

Subjects: Character.; Coaches (Athletics); High school principals; School sports.