Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Porter Peeples, Sr.

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Thu, 10/05/2000




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Peeple's story begins in an Eastern Kentucky coal mining town in the 50's. He tells how African American parents sent their children to NYC etc. during summers to enrich their experience. He was thus prepared to face what could have been an intimidating situation at the University of Kentucky in the late 60's. Instead he was able to assume leadership as a young person and was soon the youngest Urban League CEO in the country. He describes the mission of the new Lexington Urban League, its early program initiatives and recent ones, how he used his position to be an advocate for youth, police-community relations and equity in education. Peeples reflects on the Urban League's accomplishments, and on race relations in Lexington. Transcript available.

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