From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Moxley, Frank O.

(born: 1908  -  died: 2004) 

Frank O. Moxley was the first African American graduate and the first African American to earn a master's degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University (WKU). He earned his bachelor degree from Wilberforce University in 1926. Moxley created the position of guidance counselor in Kentucky schools and was the first African American guidance counselor in the school system. He was active in the Bowling Green NAACP and helped establish Cumberland Trace Legal Services. He earned a doctorate in psychology at East Coast University/National University in Florida. Frank Otha Moxley was born in Bowling Green, KY, the son of James and Hester Moxley. For more see Bowling Green Daily News, 08/11/2004; WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni; and Dr. F. O. Moxley: Trailblazer [oral history] by Brendan David Bush (FA421), at Western Kentucky University, Manscripts and Folklife Archives.

See photo image and additional information on Frank O. Moxley at the Great Black Kentuckians website by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.


 Access Interview Listen to the audios and read the transcripts to Dr. Frank Moxley oral history interviews in the Kentucky Historical Society, Civil Rights Movement In Kentucky Oral History Project.

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