Martha Layne Collins

April 23, 2013 in 1960s-1970s

As has been stated before, I am currently working on a project highlighting Martha Layne Collins’ contributions to civil rights in Kentucky.  This task has proven much more difficult than originally assumed.  When beginning the project we had intentions of interviewing Collins.  As the project has progressed we have learned that task was much harder than originally expected.  As a group, we expected people to be generally willing to help and intrigued with our research.  In actuality, that has not always been the case.  Some people we contacted did not feel as though they had the information to help us, such as the principal of Shelby County High School, but would pass our information along to people of the community he felt could contribute to our research.  When we were connected with those people we were not always met with open arms.  No one was ever rude to us, they just gave us the feeling as though contributing to our research was not as important as the other things they had to tend to.  Usually, this meant they would pass the buck to someone else.  This was what most of our time researching consisted of, contacting someone for them to tell us someone else to contact.  Because of this, unfortunately, we have not made the progress we had hoped to make on this project.

1 response to Martha Layne Collins

  1. I’ve learned over the years that if I contact someone who doesn’t know me – but has a mutual interest – and say, “I need your help with something” rather than “Can you do something for me,” I’m likely to get a more helpful reaction. I think most people would rather be problem-solvers than favor-granters.

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