Townsend at UK

Angela Alexander Townsend

Angela Alexander Townsend, October 2016

We are pleased to announce a new project at the Open Knowledge Initiative!

Angela Alexander Townsend is writing a series of posts about her experiences at the University of Kentucky in the early 1960s. (For a general overview of this history of UK, see this webpage developed by Weston Thompson and Terry Birdwhistell.) Mrs. Townsend was one of only a few black women who lived in dorms on campus. She lived in Boyd Hall, and her roommate (also black) went home every weekend. The only other black women students at UK that she knew about were two transfer students from a junior college who roomed together in Holmes Hall.

Her story is compelling, and the series is rolling out in the following order:


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Angela Lewis Alexander Townsend holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s, Rank I certification and a reading endorsement from Western Kentucky University. She attended Fisk University for one year and was a member of Phi Epsilon Delta honorary society there. Mrs. Townsend is from Bowling Green, Kentucky – the daughter of Lockwood and Thedders Alexander – and on July 18, 1970, she married Wendell T. Townsend (son of Mr. and Mrs. Hollice Townsend of Russellville, and a graduate from Western Kentucky University). In March 2016 she was inducted into the Kentucky Teachers Hall of Fame. (See the news report and her interview in the Bowling Green Daily News here.) She started teaching Senior English at Bowling Green High School in 1966. She also taught at Bowling Green Junior High, Warren Central High, and Greenwood High before retiring in 2009. Ms. Townsend was named a Kentucky Distinguished Educator in 1992 and in 1997 was named a Kentucky Colonel for her work statwide on the KY Educational Reform Act (KERA). Mrs. Townsend also worked as an educational workshop consultant for the Warren County Schools, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) and occasionally for the state at large. She also studied Montessori at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an intrepid user of social media – you can find her on Twitter at @spwitches3 and she has her professional profile up on LinkedIn.

1 response to Townsend at UK

  1. I’m a graduate of WKU and spend a lot of time in Bowling Green, having family there. I’d love to come speak at UK with my co-author to tell the stories we’ve collected of women of the Great Migration who worked as servants in Mississippi under Jim Crow. Our book is The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South (LSU Press) See The Maid Narratives Facebook for photos. I teach social work at the University of Northern Iowa

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