Experience as an Educator

Audrey Grevious

Audrey began work on the negotiating team for the Fayette County School System to integrate the system. She noticed that integrated schools always had the best black teachers, despite the fact there was hardly any support from professionals in Lexington to integrate. Audrey first began looking to start the integration of grocery stores, where she saw that blacks often held low-skill jobs cleaning floors or stacking boxes.

Grevious worked as a teacher at the Kentucky Village—a delinquent school for boys and girls—immediately out of college, teaching third grade curriculum to 10 and 11 year olds. The dormitories, lunchroom, and the school itself were segregated, prompting her to first desegregate the lunchroom. When Audrey became principal of the school, she was not introduced to the staff as one, most likely because she was black. She was principal until 1971, when the Kentucky Village closed down. Audrey then worked at Yates Elementary for a few months before teaching 6th grade at Maxwell Elementary School, where she was the only black member of the PTA. Here, she taught a mixture of black and white children from varying social classes.

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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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