Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky sociologist (#423)
In 1967, Wilkinson became the first full-time African-American female faculty member hired by UK. Among many other accomplishments, Wilkinson was the first director of UK’s African-American Studies and Research Program, founded the university’s popular Black Women’s Conference and created the African-American Heritage Trail in downtown Lexington.
Wilkinson talks about the historic election of President Obama and its importance in the Unites States and around the world. She discusses her admiration of Michele Obama and the ways in which she hopes the couple will act as role models and spawn new dialogues about race.
The professor also provides some of her own background, including her time as a student at Dunbar High School and then UK, where she founded a social club for African-American female students. Wilkinson also discusses some of her academic work, such as her extensive study of the history of African-American physicians in Lexington.
Friday, February 13, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET