Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Jesse Crenshaw

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Fri, 02/09/2001

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1999OH01.80

Crenshaw tells of growing up on his grandfather's farm in Metcalfe & Barren Counties and the strong influence of his grandfather in helping him learn to work, to bring about change and to be politically active. After graduating from Kentucky State University, Crenshaw was among the earliest Black students at the University of Kentucky Law School. As a student he initiated a successful effort to desegregate the law faculty. When he returned to Lexington as the 1st Black Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District in 1978, he again worked to get a second Black faculty hired by the Law School. Crenshaw has always combined politically activity, campaigning for others and being an elected official, with teaching. Throughout the interview he reveals his deep commitment to change which he learned early in his life. Transcript available.

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