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African American Undergraduates at University of Kentucky

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This entry was added to the NKAA Database in response to the frequent reference requests for the names of the first African American undergraduates to enroll at the University of Kentucky (UK).  Most of the enrollments came about with the passing of the 1954 Supreme Court Decision, Brown v. Board of Education, which declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. African American graduate and professional students had been admitted to UK in 1949, and five years later, 20 or so undergraduate students enrolled. Listed below are the undergraduate names that are known at this time. Also listed below are the names of undergraduates who enrolled immediately before or right after 1954 and graduated.

*For more information on the first African American graduates from the University of Kentucky see They Came Before: the legacy of African American pioneers and trailblazers at the University of Kentucky by the UK Alumni Association. 

NAME HOMETOWN/SCHOOL MAJOR GRADUATION DATE LIBRARY SOURCES
Beatty, Josephine Jackson Lexington - Dunbar Channing Undeclared (transfer) None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Cannon, Frank Jr. Nicholasville - Rosenwald-Dunbar Electrical Engineering None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Cruse, Jacqueline Lexington - Dunbar Music Education (transfer) None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Fields, Holloway Jr. Lexington Engineering 1951 Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49
Gillis, John William Lexington - Douglass Agriculture None "Integration achieved without incident at University of Kentucky," Lexington Leader, 10/13/1954 / The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Jones, LaBernice Lexington Physical Education 1957 UK 90th Annual Commencement Exercises 1957 Program, p.20 / The 1957 Kentuckian, p.181
Jones, William Jr.   Sociology 1958 Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49 / UK College of A&S website
LaRue, Janice Napier Lexington - Dunbar Elementary Education None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Lymon, Luminta Locke Lexington - Dunbar Music None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Lyons, Joseph B. Jr. Lexington Engineering 1958 Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49 / The 1958 Kentuckian, p.80
Mack, Dorothy Mitchell Lexington Social Work 1957  Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49 {last name given as Mitchell} / UK 90th Annual Commencement Exercises 1957 Program, p.7 / The 1957 Kentuckian, p.187
Million, Ruth Cruse Lexington - Dunbar Commerce/Business None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Newby, Sarah Clark Lexington - Dunbar Elementary Education 1958 The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138 / Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49 / The 1958 Kentuckian, p.59 {last name given as Clark}
Ross, Lucius Tom Lexington - Dunbar Medical Technology None "Integration achieved without incident at University of Kentucky," Lexington Leader, 10/13/1954 / The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Schultz, William R. Louisville Pharmacy 1954 Email message from the UK College of Pharmacy confirming enrollment and graduation. Transfer work from U of L and Indiana University. Photo images in the 1953 & 1954 Kentuckian yearbooks.
Simpson, Clay E. Jr. Owensboro Arts & Sciences 1958 Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49 
Stewart, James Cecil Lexington - Douglass Agriculture (transfer)   "Integration achieved without incident at University of Kentucky," Lexington Leader, 10/13/1954
Strider (Abel), Maureen Barbara Lexington - Dunbar Pre-medicine None "Integration achieved without incident at University of Kentucky," Lexington Leader, 10/13/1954 {last name given as Abel} / The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Walker, Anna Brown Lexington - Dunbar Elementary Education None The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Wallace, Samuel III "Bud" Lexington - Douglass Electrical Engineering None "Integration achieved without incident at University of Kentucky," Lexington Leader, 10/13/1954 / The Integration of the First African-American Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (dissertation) by Sharon Barrow Childs, p.138
Wilkinson, Doris Y. Lexington Social Work w/English minor 1958 The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians by A. A. Dunnigan / "African American contributions to Kentucky history and the desegregation of the University of Kentucky" in Integration File 2 of 3 /Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy 1949-1999, p.49

 

 

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NKAA Entry: Fields, Holloway, Jr.
NKAA Entry: Lyons, Joseph B., Jr.
NKAA Entry: Wilkinson, Doris Y.
NKAA Source: The Integration of the first African-American undergraduates at the University of Kentucky (Thesis)
NKAA Source: Fifty years of the University of Kentucky African-American legacy, 1949-1999
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

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“African American Undergraduates at University of Kentucky,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed November 21, 2017, http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/3107.

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