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Porter G. Peeples

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fishing
Favorite Quote:
Do The Right Thing For The Right Reason And Right Will Prevail.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1945
Birth Location:
Lynch, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fishing
Favorite Quote:
Do The Right Thing For The Right Reason And Right Will Prevail.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1945
Birth Location:
Lynch
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Biography

Civil servant Porter G. Peeples was born on October 29, 1945 and raised in Lynch, Kentucky. In his youth, he attended public schools financially backed by U.S. Steel, the corporation that owned the area's mines.

Before enrolling at the University of Kentucky, Peeples spent several summers in New York City, working and living with relatives, and had attended Hazard Community College. Peeples was one of only about fifty African American students when he enrolled at the University of Kentucky, but he rose to the challenge and excelled in his work.

Not long after Peeples graduated Kentucky, he became the director of education for the Urban League in Lexington and soon became the director of the local chapter. He was the youngest person to hold this position in the United States. Peeples has championed many causes as an advocate for the disadvantaged of Lexington. Under his guidance, the Lexington Urban League has made its mark with programs for clerical training, open housing, community development, training in penal institutions and operation of a community radio station. He was the chairman for the Equity Commission monitoring the Fayette County Schools and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Porter G. Peeples' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Porter G. Peeples lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Porter G. Peeples describes how his parents' families migrated to Eastern Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Porter G. Peeples talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Porter G. Peeples describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Porter G. Peeples describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Porter G. Peeples describes growing up in a coal-mining town
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Porter G. Peeples talks about his parents' previous marriages and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Porter G. Peeples describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Porter G. Peeples describes his summers working in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Porter G. Peeples describes his experiences in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Porter G. Peeples describes how working in New York City, New York, shaped his career goals
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the teachers that influenced him as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Porter G. Peeples describes how an incident at West Main High School motivated him to be a better student
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Porter G. Peeples talks about his desire to attend college as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Porter G. Peeples talks about attending Hazard Community College in Hazard, Kentucky and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Porter G. Peeples describes the economic hardships his family faced
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Porter G. Peeples describes how the University of Kentucky basketball team has changed since the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Porter G. Peeples describes his experiences attending the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Porter G. Peeples describes the type of student he was at the University of Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the professors who influenced him at the University of Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Porter G. Peeples describes being hired as the director of education for the Lexington Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Porter G. Peeples describes how he became director and chief executive officer of the Lexington Urban League in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Porter G. Peeples talks about Whitney Young and his death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Porter G. Peeples describes the challenges he faced as director of the Lexington Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the history of the Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Porter G. Peeples describes the focus of the Lexington Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Porter G. Peeples describes how he developed a relationship with the African American community in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the nuances of leading the Lexington Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the Lexington Urban League's fight against educational inequality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the Lexington Urban League's fight against educational inequality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Porter G. Peeples describes how the Lexington Urban League has worked toward community and economic development in Lexington's African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the significance of the Lexington Urban League headquarters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Porter G. Peeples talks about the benefits of operating the Lexington Urban League like a business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Porter G. Peeples talks about Orlando "Tubby" Smith's career as head coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Porter G. Peeples shares his hopes and concerns for the black community in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Porter G. Peeples comments on reparations and the effects of slavery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Porter G. Peeples comments on economic viability in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Porter G. Peeples reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Porter G. Peeples describes the challenges he faces as director as the Lexington Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Porter G. Peeples reflects upon the legacy of the Lexington Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Porter G. Peeples describes the benefits of networking across racial lines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Porter G. Peeples talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Porter G. Peeples talks about how he would like to be remembered