Pamela Osborne Oral History
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Pamela Osborne speaks of growing up in the Parkland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. She mentions community activities, businesses, schools, and religious institutions. She compares the quality of education she received in Newburg to that in Louisville and how that impacted her decision to support desegregation. She admits her regrets of how desegregation hurt African American students and her frustrations with how African American males in particular are discriminated against in schools. She discusses how her mother wanted Osborne and her siblings to be well educated. She speaks of the decision to attend college and her experience at Murray State University. She describes her career path working with students in the Job Corps and as Director of Medical School Admissions at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She highlights the similarities in the students that she worked with, despite their polarized socio-economic backgrounds. She describes the demographics of Parkland when she was growing up. She speaks about why she feels continuing to live in the West End is important. She points out the inaccuracies of negative, overgeneralized portrayals of the West End and the media’s tendency to only focus on the negative stories. She speaks of the negative impact of the Parkland Riot on the businesses and community members. She discusses contemporary problems in Parkland and the West End, including absentee landlordism and abandoned homes. She highlights recreational activities for children when she grew up. She stresses the importance of the former Parkland Library for her and her sadness when it closed. She concludes with changes to the neighborhood that have caused it to deteriorate from the everyday, community and family focused area that she remembered growing up.

This oral history was conducted by Hannah O'Daniel on November 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Licence : CC BY-NC-SA 3.0


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