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Oral History Program Celebrates 30th

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The keynote speaker will be George C. Wright, president of Prairie View A&M University and a nationally recognized historian. A native of Lexington, Wright earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UK and his doctorate from Duke University. He is the author of three books, “A History of Blacks in Kentucky: In Pursuit of Equality, 1890-1980, Volume II;” “Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynching, Mob Rule and ‘Legal Lynchings’;” and “The Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930.”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky Libraries’ Oral History program will celebrate its 30th anniversary Monday, Nov. 10, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. A reception is at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a celebratory program.

The program will feature remarks from former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn, who helped establish the program; state historian James C. Klotter; and Kentucky Oral History Commission director Kim Lady Smith.

The keynote speaker will be George C. Wright, president of Prairie View A&M University and a nationally recognized historian. A native of Lexington, Wright earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UK and his doctorate from Duke University. He is the author of three books, “A History of Blacks in Kentucky: In Pursuit of Equality, 1890-1980, Volume II;” “Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynching, Mob Rule and ‘Legal Lynchings’;” and “The Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930.”

Founded in 1973, the UK Oral History Program has collected more than 6,000 oral history interviews and is recognized as one of the finest oral history collections in the United States. More than 500 interviews are consulted annually by researchers worldwide.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10 by calling Esther Edwards at (859) 257-1742.


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