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UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project

UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project

Descriptive Summary

Title: UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project
Creator: University of Georgia Libraries
Inclusive Dates: 2019-2020
Language: English
Extent: 4 interview(s)
Collection Number: UA20-002
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

The UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project is an initiative of the University Archives unit of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia that began in 2019. The goal of the project is to document the stories of Black students who attended UGA in the 1960s and 70s through interviews and preserve these stories for future generations.

Scope and Content

The UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project interviews document the experiences of Black students who attended the University of Georgia in the years following the University's 1961 desegregation. Some of the topics alumni discuss include their reasons for enrolling at UGA, their social lives, their academic goals, their experiences with racism on and off campus, and how time their time at UGA has shaped their lives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Oral history title], UGA Black Alumni Oral History Project, UA20-002, University Archives, University of Georgia.

Conditions Governing Use

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Hargrett Library.

General Notes

This project was funded by the Giving Voice to the Voiceless grant established by Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault and administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia.

Interviews from this project can also be accessed on the Univerity of Georgia's Kaltura streaming platform.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

African American college students.
College integration -- Georgia
Oral history.
University of Georgia -- Alumni and alumnae.
University of Georgia -- Students -- History.
University of Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials include select interviews in the Goin' Back: Remembering UGA Oral History Collection: Interview with Mary Frances Early, May 22, 2007; Interview with Robert Benham, December 2, 2016; and Interview with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Mary Diallo, Kerry Rushin Miller, and Harold Black, January 12, 2017

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

har-ua20-002_0001 Nawanna Lewis Miller interviewed by Ashley Carter, 2019 June 30 Access Online
Pastor Nawanna Lewis Miller is Founding Chair and Leading Director of the Institute for Christian Discipleship, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia. She is a graduate of H.M. Turner High School in Atlanta, Georgia and one of the early African American graduates of the University of Georgia, where she earned her ABJ degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1973. After UGA, Miller went on to earn a Master of Arts in Organizational Communications and a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University. In this interview, Miller discusses her experience as a young African American woman attending the recently desegregated University of Georgia. Among other topics, she describes the forces that drove her to create the Pamoja Dance Company, a program that is still active at the University of Georgia.
har-ua20-002_0002 Dr. Ben Rucker interviewed by Ashley Carter, 2019 July 25 Access Online
Dr. Benjamin Rucker is a physician specializing in internal medicine in Augusta, Georgia. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1975. Prior to medical school he attended Gainesville Junior College (now the University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus) where he earned his associates in science. He then transferred to the University of Georgia where he completed his bachelor's degree in science in 1972. Dr. Rucker is a native of Gainesville, Georgia where he attended E.E. Butler High School. In this interview, Dr. Rucker discusses his experience attending the University of Georgia, including his decision to enroll, his involvement with local activism, his experience as a transfer student, and his thoughts on UGA athletics during the years he attended.
har-ua20-002_0003 Janis Ware interviewed by Ashley Carter, 2019 September 27 Access Online
Janis Ware is the publisher of The Atlanta Voice, a newspaper serving the city's African American community since 1966. She is also the Executive Director of SUMMECH Community Development Corporation, an organization that works to build affordable housing for first-time home buyers in Atlanta's Mechanicsville neighborhood. Ware graduated from the University of Georgia's College of Business Administration in 1977, becoming one of the first African American women to do so. She is an Atlanta native and an alumna of Booker T. Washington High School. In this interview Ware discusses why she enrolled at UGA and what her student experience was like academically and socially.
har-ua20-002_0004 Ken Dious interviewed by Venus Jackson, 2020 March 11 Access Online
Kenneth Dious was born in Athens, Georgia and attended Athens-Clarke County public schools. After graduating from high school, he attended Savannah State College and later transferred to the University of Georgia. At UGA he earned a degree in Business Administration in 1968. After a brief stint in the United States Army, and receiving an honorable discharge, Ken returned to the University of Georgia to pursue a Masters Degree in Math Education. Dious then took a position as a cost accountant with the Georgia Lockheed Martin Corporation in Marietta, Georgia. He returned to school a year later, entering the University Of Georgia School Of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1973. In 1974 he opened a law office in Athens as a sole practitioner, becoming the first African American to do so in Northeast Georgia. In this interview Dious discusses his experience as one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Georgia. He shares details about his time as the first African American to wear a UGA football uniform, his experience as a young civil rights protester, and the benefits of starting the Black Student Unions at UGA as both an undergraduate as well as a student of the law school.