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Chester Grundy

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Over Till It Is Over.

Birthplace

Born:
8/22/1947
Birth Location:
Louisville, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Over Till It Is Over.

Birthplace

Born:
8/22/1947
Birth Location:
Louisville
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Biography

For thirty years, educator Chester Grundy has been the human bridge between cultures at the University of Kentucky. Born on August 22, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky, Grundy grew up in the California neighborhood of Louisville. Strongly influenced by a Catholic monk, Grundy professed his intention to join a monastery when he was just fourteen, but had second thoughts when a monk cautioned him that he would have to leave behind Pepsi Cola. Instead, Grundy went to the University of Kentucky. An active member of the civil rights movement, Grundy helped with the establishment of the Black Student Union before graduating in 1969.

Fed up with the racially hostile environment at UK, Grundy planned to bolt to a job at Notre Dame after graduation. Following his father's death, Grundy felt obligated to support his family, and accepted instead a job offer at his alma mater. As the director of the Office of African American Student Affairs and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center at the university, Grundy has injected black culture into a campus previously lacking in it. Grundy established the Spotlight Jazz Series, bringing jazz legends to the school, and also arranged for renowned black personalities to speak on campus.

Beyond the university, Grundy co-founded the Roots & Heritage Festival and the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Lexington, Kentucky. As an interim vice president of student affairs at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Grundy works to span the divide between the predominantly black institution and UK.

Chester Grundy is married and has two adult daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Chester Grundy lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Chester Grundy describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Chester Grundy talks about his possible ancestry from Madagascar
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chester Grundy describes his father, Chester Grundy, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Chester Grundy talks about his mother, Sojourner Marchbanks Grundy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chester Grundy talks about growing up in the California area of Louisville, Kentucky where he attended Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chester Grundy describes his family's move to the West End of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Chester Grundy describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Chester Grundy talks about the neighborhood's excitement over African Americans on TV
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Chester Grundy talks about his teachers at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chester Grundy talks about the integration of high schools in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chester Grundy describes the integration of Louisville Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Chester Grundy describes his decision to attend the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chester Grundy talks about Muhammad Ali, who also grew up in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chester Grundy talks about his desire to be in the military
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chester Grundy describes his experience at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky where he was one of a few black students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chester Grundy talks about Orgena and the formation of the Black Student Union at the University of Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chester Grundy describes his experiences of racial discrimination at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chester Grundy talks about the Black Student Union at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chester Grundy talks about Coach Adolph Rupp's resistance to desegregate the University of Kentucky's basketball team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chester Grundy talks about progressive instructors at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chester Grundy describes the Black Student Union's efforts to make the University of Kentucky more welcoming for black students
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chester Grundy talks about why he was prevented from serving in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chester Grundy talks about his senior year at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Chester Grundy talks about his role with the Human Rights Commission as a state field rep
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Chester Grundy talks about working at the Plymouth Settlement House and how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Chester Grundy talks about programs run by the Plymouth Settlement House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Chester Grundy talks about the impact of the Plymouth Settlement House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Chester Grundy talks about the focus and draw of African cultural programming at the Plymouth Settlement House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Chester Grundy talks about developing student identity at the University of Kentucky's Office of Minority Student Affairs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Chester Grundy talks about important elements of student development and how he was inspired to lead
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Chester Grundy talks about service and the impact of meeting Fannie Lou Hamer, HistoryMaker Julian Bond, and SNCC members
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Chester Grundy talks about creative programming for students like pairing KRS-One with Kwame Toure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Chester Grundy talks about his involvement in the National Black Holistic Society through HistoryMaker Haki Madhubuti
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Chester Grundy talks about the National Black Holistic Society's retreats
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Chester Grundy talks about the first national Kwanzaa Celebration at Jekyll Island featuring HistoryMaker Maulana Karenga, Asa Hilliard, Louisa Tish, and HistoryMaker Na'im Akbar
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Chester Grundy describes a ritual of spiritual reclamation during a National Black Holistic Society retreat
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Chester Grundy describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Chester Grundy reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Chester Grundy describes his mother's view of his work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Chester Grundy talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Chester Grundy narrates his photographs