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Oral history interview with Eleanor Young Love

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Creator:Love, Eleanor Young, 1922-2006
Title:Oral history interview with Eleanor Young Love
Date:1978 Oct. 2

Oral history interview with Eleanor Young Love, conducted on October 2, 1978 by Kenneth Chumbley. Dr. Love was a U of L professor and administrator, and sister of civil rights leader Whitney Young, Jr. Dr. Love discusses her parents, Laura and Whitney Young, Sr., their lives and involvement with Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky. Dr. Love and her brother were born in Lincoln Ridge, while her father was a teacher at Lincoln Institute, and she discusses the education they received there, and the atmosphere of safety and support that was fostered at Lincoln Institute. She describes her father's tenure as principal. She describes her experiences at Kentucky State, and also discusses her brother's emergence as a leader there. She recounts his subsequent service in the Army during World War II, where he discovered his ability to negotiate; specifically, he realized his ability to negotiate better conditions for his fellow black soldiers. She relates his educational experiences following his return to the States, and his involvement in a Harvard-based think tank. She discusses his involvement with the Urban League, and his relationships with those who chose different approaches to furthering the equal rights of African Americans. She describes the role of the Black Panthers and the riots, particularly in Detroit, in drawing some supporters to the Urban League. She also gives her perspective on the University of Louisville, which she came to in 1966 as a GE scholar. Dr. Love was quickly identified as a skilled negotiator, and she became involved in working students, including the students who eventually took over the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1969. She offers criticism of the University of Louisville at that time (and in the 1970s) for failing to recruit and support black students and faculty. She does commend President Miller for his support of programs for students needing skill-building work. She gives her assessment of area public schools, and the possible reasons for their shortcomings. Dr. Love also headed the Lincoln Institute at the end of its days, from 1964 to 1966, and she discusses that experience. She recounts its closing, its brief life as a school for gifted and talent students, and its rebirth as the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center. She discusses briefly the origins and role of the Lincoln Foundation.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Young, Whitney M. | Young, Whitney M., 1897-1975 | Young, Laura R., 1896-1962 | Miller, James Grier | Hudson, J. Blaine | Love, Eleanor Young, 1922-2006 | African American universities and colleges--Kentucky | African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Education--Kentucky | African Americans--Social conditions | African American social workers--Kentucky--Louisville | Segregation in education--Kentucky | Lincoln Institute (Simpsonville, Ky.) | Lincoln Institute (Simpsonville, Ky.)--Faculty | School closings--Kentucky--Simpsonville | School integration--Kentucky | African American schools--Kentucky--Simpsonville | African American educators--Kentucky | African American college teachers--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights workers--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights workers--United States | African American civil rights workers--Kentucky--Louisville | African American civil rights workers | Kentucky State College (Frankfort, Ky.) | African American universities and colleges--Kentucky--Frankfort | Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky--Louisville | African American soldiers--Civil rights | World War, 1939-1945--African Americans | University of Louisville | Student movments--Kentucky--Louisville | Protest movements--Kentucky--Louisville | Demonstrations--Kentucky--Louisville | Discrimination in higher education--Kentucky | African American college students--Kentucky--Louisville | Faculty integration--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights movements--United States | Black militant organizations--United States | Black Panther Party | National Urban League | Lincoln Foundation (Louisville, Ky.) | Public schools--Kentucky--Jefferson County | Louisville (Ky.) | Jefferson County (Ky.) | Simpsonville (Ky.) | Shelby County (Ky.) | Frankfort (Ky.) | Franklin County (Ky.)
Collection:African American Oral History Collection
Institution:University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center
Contributors:Chumbley, Kenneth Lawrence | William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center | African American Community Interviews Collection (William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center)
Online Publisher:Louisville, Ky. : University of Louisville Archives and Records Center
Original Material:

Audiocassette tapes number 646 & 647, African American Oral History Collection, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

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Forms part of online collection: African American Community Interviews, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

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