University of Kentucky Student Government Forum Committee FOCUS '68

Abstract

The University of Kentucky Student Government Forum Committee FOCUS '68 records (dated 1945-1968, bulk 1967-1968; 0.3 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise correspondence, operating records, printed material, photographs, and reel-to-reel audio recordings that document the creation and execution of FOCUS '68: Focus on Social Inequities symposium developed by the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Government Forum Committee and held at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., on April 5 and 6, 1968.

Descriptive Summary

Title
University of Kentucky Student Government Forum Committee FOCUS '68
Extent
0.3 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Nineteen sixty-eight, A.D.
Student organizations -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Student activities -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Emily Collier, Ruth E. Bryan
Preferred Citation
0000ua084: [identification of item], University of Kentucky Student Government Forum Committee FOCUS '68 records, 1945-1968, bulk 1967-1968, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
University-wide student government at the University of Kentucky (UK) began on January 8, 1912, with the first elections of officers for the Student Self Government Organization. The following year, a Student Legislature was also formed. In 1939, a Student Government Association was established, taking the place of the Student Self Government Organization. In 1958, this organization, in turn, was replaced by a Student Congress. In spring 1966, the Student Congress merged with the Student Center Board to become Student Government.
The Forum Committee that organized the FOCUS '68 symposium was a unit of UK Student Government. University of Kentucky students Carson P. Porter and O.K. Curry, Jr., chair and vice-chair of the respectively, planned and organized the symposium along with other members of the committee and various Focus planning committees. Scheduled speakers included Alfred B. Fitt, Assistant Secretary of Defense; T. George Harris, senior editor of Look Magazine; Mohammad Ali, heavyweight boxing champion; Thruston B. Morton, Kentucky Senator; Stanley P. Herbert, Department Counsel, US Navy; F. Lee Bailey, criminal defense attorney; Frank A. Rose, President, University of Alabama; and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. However, Kennedy and Ali cancelled their appearances following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, one day before the symposium was scheduled to begin. Bill Turner, a student representative from the Black Student Union, and Mike Farmer, a Student Government representative, spoke instead. Coincidentally, Dr. King had been invited to the symposium, but declined, and his letters are included in this collection.
Sources: 1. 2018ua018: Student Government folders, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. General Reference Subject Files.
Scope and Content
The University of Kentucky Student Government Forum Committee FOCUS '68 records (dated 1945-1968, bulk 1967-1968; 0.3 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise correspondence, operating records, printed material, photographs, and reel-to-reel audio recordings that document the creation and execution of FOCUS '68: Focus on Social Inequities symposium developed by the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Government Forum Committee and held at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., on April 5 and 6, 1968. The correspondence includes speaker invitations written by student organizers Carson P. Porter and O.K. Curry, Jr., UK President John W. Oswald, and Kentucky Governor Ned Breathitt, along with acceptance or declination letters, including from Clark Kerr, Robert F. Kenney, Jr., Hubert Humphrey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Willard Wirtz. Operating records include lists of invitees and their status; Focus committee structure and roles; a meeting agenda; and the program and tickets for the symposium. Printed material includes three brochures about UK and a program for IMPACT: The Individual in Society 1967 symposium held at Vanderbilt University. Letters to O.K. Curry, Jr., from Rickie Rhodarmer, the Delegations Chairman for IMPACT '67, in the correspondence folder indicates that Curry attended. Photographs comprise head shots of invited participants, including John W. Oswald, Muhammad Ali, and Hubert Humphrey. The two audio recordings contain the speeches given at the symposium by Alfred B. Fitt, T. George Harris, and UK students Bill Turner and Mike Farmer (tape 1, April 5, 1968); and Thurston Morton, Stanley Herbert, F. Lee Bailey, and Frank Rose (tape 2, April 6, 1968).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

FOCUS operating records, 1967-1968

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1945, 1967-1968

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Pamphlets, 1967-1968

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Photographs, 1968

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Audio Recordings, 1968 April 4-5

  • Box 2, reel 1-2
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