Dr. Parrish discusses his father, Charles H. Parrish, Sr., who was a Baptist minister and president of Simmons University, a black Baptist college in Louisville. Parrish also discusses his own life and work, including his time teaching at Simmons, at Louisville Municipal College (University of Louisville's college for African Americans under segregation), and finally at the University of Louisville after the Municipal College closed and UofL integrated. Dr. Parrish was the only member of Municipal's faculty who was offered an appointment at UofL following LMC's closure, becoming UofL's first African American faculty member. He describes this experience as well as his ongoing research interests.
African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville, African Americans--Education, African Americans--Social conditions, African American college teachers, African American educators, African American newspapers, Integration, Segregation in education, Race relations, Baptists, Baptists--Clergy, College presidents, Parks, Sociology, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, University of Louisville, Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (Louisville, Ky.), Simmons University (Louisville, Ky.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Berea College, Eckstein Norton Institute, Lincoln Institute (Simpsonville, Ky.), Howard University, Kentucky State College (Frankfort, Ky.), Louisville Defender (Louisville, Ky.), Louisville Leader (Ky.)