Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Sanford T. Roach

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Wed, 10/13/1999

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1999OH01.25

Sanford Roach is best known as the coach/teacher, at Lexington's Dunbar High School (an all Black school during this period) with a winning record, and an important figure in the integration of basketball in Kentucky High School Athletics. He tells of his experience under segregation and integration with respect to public schools, and athletics in particular. In evaluating the results of the civil rights movements he gives several examples of Black principals who lost out and laments the current situation for Black students. He describes an incident of discrimination regarding UK basketball tickets in 1955 and his recent position on the UK Athletic Board and Ticket Committee. Transcript available.

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