black history month

Ashland The Henry Clay Estate

For years, people from all over the world have been coming to Ashland the Henry Clay Estate to learn more about the 19th century politician known to history as the Great Compromiser. But starting in 2020 they’ve also been exposed to the not so virtuous side of this famous Kentuckian. Henry Clay – Popular Statesman AND Slaveholder.  Traces is the only known guided Slavery tour in the entire state. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently took the tour and he files this report.


Nunn Center for Oral History

It’s Black History Month, and in this edition of WUKY's award winning history program Saving Stories Alan Lytle and Nunn Center for Oral History Director Doug Boyd revisit what it was like for African American students shortly after Lyman T. Johnson successfully desegregated the state’s flagship university; particularly the classroom dynamic for these young people. Lincoln County native George Logan, one of the first African American students to attend UK talks about the racism he encountered back in 1951.

UK Special Collections

WUKY's award winning history program Saving Stories highlights the accomplishments of prominent African Americans in Lexington. This week we feature an oral history interview with noted educator Edythe J. Hayes, the first African American to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, and the first African American female appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Special thanks to Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries.

International Museum Of the Horse

In 2018 the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park opened Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf, a permanent exhibit to celebrate the forgotten contributions of African Americans to the horse industry in Kentucky. Some three years later a companion interactive website, Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, has been launched to collect more rare and vital information on this aspect of our signature sport. WUKY’s Alan Lytle recently spoke about the ongoing project with IMH Director Amy Beisel.

In this Black History Month edition of WUKY's award winning series Saving Stories we hear how Harry Sykes became Lexington's first African American to be elected to the city council. Wait until you hear how the one-time Harlem Globetrotter accomplished that feat. Doug Boyd is the director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries. He shares and talks about the audio with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

Josh James / WUKY

This year's annual Black History Month ceremony at the state Capitol saw the awarding of a "long overdue" promotion to a Kentucky native who became the highest-ranking African-American officer during World War I.

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The Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of our observance of Black History Month WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with PG Peeples, the long-time executive director of the non-profit.  In this 30 minute conversation PG talks about the early days of the agency, including coordinating with President Nixon's Secret Service for the 1971 memorial service of National Chapter President Whitney Young.  He also discusses some of the major accomplishments of the organization over its first half century.

Saving Stories: Even The Newspaper Was Segregated

Feb 8, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Saving Stories observes Black History Month with this look at how Lexington's daily mainstream newspapers handled coverage of African American communities.   In 2004 the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader apologized for the newspaper's failures in covering the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

UK Now

The director of the University of Kentucky’s Martin Luther King Center says he hopes members of the Lexington community will attend at least one planned event during Black History Month.  Kahlil Baker says they want to emphasize that history belongs to everybody whether they know it or not.

Saving Stories: How The Freedom Singers Used Music To Impact Civil Rights Marches

Feb 28, 2017
Nunn Center for Oral History

In this Black History Month edition of Saving Stories we hear from Kentuckian Charles Neblett, one of the founding members of the Freedom Singers which often performed as part of civil rights demonstrations in the early 1960's.