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Clipping from page 3 of the February 14, 2014 edition of The Oracle student newspaper. The clipping reads: "A student asks Dr. Oldham how he plans to increase diversity on campus at the 'Chat with the President' on Tuesday during dead hour." A black and white photograph is to the right of the text. The photograph features a Black student holding a microphone and speaking.
Correspondence, reports, and drafts on Tennessee Tech University's and the state of Tennessee's efforts to desegregate in compliance with the Geier case.
Clipping from page 3 of the February 3, 1978 issue of The Oracle student newspaper on Ed Osborne's speech on the needs of Black students at a Tennessee Tech University Luncheon Forum.
Letter from John K. Folger, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, to Tennessee Tech University President Everett Derryberry regarding questions from the United States Justice Department on Tennessee Tech University's recruitment of minority faculty, minority student financial aid and recruiting, and programs for disadvantaged students.
Report on Tennessee Technological University's plan for desegregating the student body and employees of the university compiled in compliance with a court order in the Geier case.
Draft report on Tennessee Technological University's plan for desegregating the student body and employees of the university compiled in compliance with a court order in the Geier case. Includes handwritten notes by President Everett Derryberry.
27 page transcript of an interview of Wentford Gaines by Jerone Dudley conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. Gaines was born on February 4, 1953. He attended Tennessee Tech in the spring quarter of 1973. The football coaches recruited Gaines to play football at Tech. Gaines and other Black student athletes were dismissed from the team for refusing to practice after Tennis Coach Larry Ware abandoned David Brents, a Black tennis player in Johnson City, Tennessee. Gaines describes growing up as a Black child in a single-parent household in Anderson, South Carolina; his time attending and playing football at Ferrum College in Virginia; being recruited to Tennessee Tech; the broken promises, racism, and isolation he faced at Tennessee Tech and in Cookeville; and his life after transferring from Tech. Gaines details going to the University of Cincinnati, his time playing in the National Football League (NFL), living in Texas and New Jersey, teaching and coaching in Jersey City, teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, playing athletics in high school, his sons’s athletic and academic experiences. Gaines describes the isolation of being Black in Cookeville, the lack of interaction between non-local Black students and the Black community in Cookeville, and how he only felt comfortable going out to one bar (likely John’s Place) in the area and otherwise went to Nashville to socialize. Dudley makes comparisons between his experiences and Gaines’s experiences in Cookeville. For the audio recording of the interview, see item BCCOH_Gaines_20201127.