Mr. Shively focuses largely on his education in Louisville, at Louisville Central High School and the Louisville Municipal College, in the 1930s and 1940s. He discusses his extracurricular experiences as well as the more academic aspects of both of these institutions. He also describes his experiences during World War II, when he served in a segregated signal corps unit in Italy. Mr. Shively finished college on the G.I. Bill following the war, and he talks about the difficulty of finding a job once he completed his education, due to discrimination on the basis of race.
African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville, African Americans--Education, African Americans--Social conditions, Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (Louisville, Ky.), Central High School (Louisville, Ky.), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, African Americans--Employment, Discrimination in employment, World War, 1939-1945--African Americans