Audrey’s Voice

In conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Library, the Louie B Nunn Center for Oral History and the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), our project has become extremely dynamic with the benefit of access to oral history interviews recorded with Audrey Grevious. Three interviews have been at our disposal, through which we have learned from Audrey’s personal voice about her involvement and numerous other events in the Civil Rights movement within Lexington, Kentucky.

Brief summaries of each interview can be found below. The outside links from this project will take you to the collection of Grevious’ interviews, each of which has been indexed by the authors of this project. These indexes are intended to help these histories to be easier to navigate and more accessible to the public. The indexes mark important points within the interview as well as subject changes.

In the February 19, 1985 interview conducted by Arthur Graham titled, “Ethnicity in Lexington (Multi-culturality) Oral History Project,” Audrey Grevious talks about growing up in Lexington as a child, her education, and her awareness of discrimination in the community. She also talks about her involvement with the Lexington chapter of the NAACP and in protests around the city. Through her work as a teacher, she strived to quell the discrimination in the schools where she taught and instill a belief to work hard in order to advance the African American race.

Listen to the 1985 interview here using the UK Nunn Center OHMS viewer.

Listen to the 1993 interview here [NOTE: this interview is not yet available via the OHMS viewer – we will update the page when it becomes available].

In the April 23, 1997 interview conducted by Boyd Shearer, Jr. and Harold Barker entitled, “Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project”, Audrey Grevious largely discusses her childhood and leisure activities the community offered throughout Lexington. She mentions lovingly the Charles Young Community Center as well as Douglass Park. She discusses the Recreational Department of the Community Center as well of which she served as a member of the board. Grevious also addresses the ‘ends’ of Lexington and the tensions that arose out of segregation throughout Lexington.

Listen to the 1997 interview here. http://www.uky.edu/Projects/TDA/orals/grev1.wav – NOTE: a media player is required to listen to this 485k .wav file.

See also the interview by Betsy Brinson on April 13, 1999. The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky: Oral History Project was led by the Kentucky Oral History Commission as part of the Kentucky Historical Society. Grevious’s entry in the database can be found at http://205.204.134.47/civil_rights_mvt/util.aspx?p=1&pid=14984 http://205.204.134.47/civil_rights_mvt/util.aspx?p=1&pid=14984 A transcript of the recordings is available at http://205.204.134.47/civil_rights_mvt/media/KCRP.20.B.21.Grevious.pdf.

In 2000, Mrs. Grevious was videotaped in a new interview that followed up on the 1999 interview for a project called, “Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.” The Kentucky Educational Television video was produced by Arthur Rouse and Joan Brannon in partnership with the Kentucky Oral History Commission and broadcasted in 2001. The television show can be accessed from http://www.ket.org/civilrights/bio_grevious.htm.

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Table of Contents

  1. About Audrey Grevious
  2. Additional Resources
  3. Audrey’s Voice
  4. Community Activism —- Charles Young Community Center, Douglass Park, Tensions in Lexington
  5. Experience as an Educator
  6. Work with the NAACP and CORE of Lexington

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