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Green-Taylor Diversity group reaches out to Adair Co., KY

Audio tapes of African-American oral history projects from Taylor and Green presented by diversity group Greater Campbellsville United to Lindsey Wilson College's Katie Murrell Library, Adair County Public Library, and Adair County High School
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By Linda Waggener

COLUMBIA, KY.- Wanda Washington, director of the diversity organization Greater Campbellsville United (GCU) traveled recently to each of Adair County's libraries with Columbia City Councilmember and GCU board member Linda Waggener. The purpose was to introduce and share the group's African-American oral history projects, completed in Taylor and Green Counties, and to explore interest in creating Adair County oral histories.

A result is an upcoming workshop at the Adair Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY scheduled for 10amCT, Saturday, February 25, 2012, for all who may have memories to share of the Rosenwald Schools of Adair County, Jackman High School and/or Columbia and Adair County's African-American heritage in general.

GCU promotes equal opportunity, equity and positive relationships among all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, gender and political entities in this community and throughout the region. The organization was among the positive results from the efforts of renewal and revitalization that took place in Taylor County after the employer Fruit of the Loom closed its doors and forced several thousand people out of jobs.

According to John Chowning, one of the original founders and current GCU board co-chair with Yvette Haskins, the GCU model has been commended, by both state and federal officials, as a good example of the work that can be done at the grassroots level enhancing equity and empowerment across racial and ethnic lines that have historically divided our people.

Washington presented audio collections at each of the three locations -- to Lee Ann Jessie, director of Adair county Public Library; to Sammy Hughes, math teacher, and Jenny Myers, librarian at Adair County High School; and to Phil Hannah, librarian, and his staff and students at Lindsey Wilson College.

Washington shared the audio CD collections of African-American oral history for each library to have on hand. The Adair County public library, Adair County High School and Lindsey Wilson College libraries are added to those in Taylor and Green Counties and Campbellsville University where people may find and enjoy these audio collections of history.

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Katie Murrell Library at Lindsey Wilson receives diversity media

2012-02-15 - 235 Holloway Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Phil Hanna, LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College Katie Murrell Library welcomed Wanda Washington who presented audio collections from Greater Campbellsville United (GCU). From left at the LWC Katie Murrell Library are Houston Barnes, chief technical services librarian; Dr. Tricia Day, LWC associate professor of recreation, tourism and sports management; Keisha Chapman, president of the Diversity Club; Tiffany Begley, vice-president of the Diversity Club; Wanda Washington, coordinator of GCU and Linda Waggener, GCU board member. (Photo by Phil Hannah, Lindsey Wilson College library director)
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Lee Ann Jessee meets with Wanda Washington

2012-02-15 - 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener. CU photo.
Lee Ann Jessie, director of the Adair County Public Library, left, was proud to receive the African American audio history CDs from Wanda Washington, coordinator of Greater Campbellsville United, a group dedicated to racial harmony.

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At ACHS: Jenny Myers, Sammy Hughes, Wanda Washington

2012-02-15 - ACHS, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia KY - Photo by Linda Waggener. Adair County High School representatives welcomed Wanda Washington, director of GCU. From left are Jenny Myers, librarian at Adair County High School, Sammy Hughes, math teacher, and Washington.
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