WHY: This site is part of a community outreach program at the University of Kentucky that seeks to collaborate with any interested individuals or organizations who wish to focus on the participation of Kentucky women in the twentieth century civil rights era. Users of this site can explore the many different resources in order to analyze the structure and dynamics of the civil rights movement in Kentucky.
WHAT: Take on the role of history detective as you learn from the women who lived and worked during the civil rights movement, community leaders, local archivists and historians from across the U.S. This free online environment is open to our local communities to participate and maintain over time.
WHO: Whether a history student or someone interested in learning more about Kentucky history, you will find the experience beneficial, even transformative. We will be using primary sources such as speeches, diaries and letters, newspaper accounts and oral history — from many different sources — information never before seen all in one place. The analysis of these resources will be open to a global audience and their contributions will be encouraged also as we create together an online resource with audio-visual and text-based histories about women’s roles in the history of the civil rights era in Kentucky. Key partners involved in the construction and continuation of this site are:
– Undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky and at Eastern Kentucky University
– University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences
– Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
– University of Kentucky Division of Undergraduate Education
– MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Michigan State University
– Lexington History Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
– Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Association, Lexington, Kentucky
– Midway Woman’s Club, Midway, Kentucky
– The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
– The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Frankfort, Kentucky
… and other organizations, colleges and universities dedicated to supporting this interactive environment as we learn more about our past.
HOW DO WE KNOW IT’S WORKING? In assessing the practices of public scholarship, the national consortium of higher education institutions and allied organizations of Imagining America center on the following values:
- Collaboration: community and university stakeholders define meaningful outcomes from the outset and throughout project implementation.
- Reciprocity: Community and university stakeholders engage in mutual and transformative exchange, including reflection, feedback and critique.
- Generativity: Assessment activity feeds the project, program or course, while also looking beyond these units and inviting stakeholders to evaluate the long-term relationships at the heart of public work.
- Rigor: Assessment activity uses sound methods and practices.
- Practicability: Methods and practices are proportionate to the project and to available resources.
We welcome your input on how useful this site is for you. Please use the comments box below to let us know if you see one or more of the above values expressed on this site.