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The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

‘All cemeteries to me are archives.’ Equine Week of Service honors African Americans in horse industry

‘All cemeteries to me are archives.’ Equine Week of Service honors African Americans in horse industry

Elijah Hendricks October 21, 2021

It's 9 a.m. on a dewy October Saturday, and volunteers from the Wildcat Wranglers, student ambassadors for the Agriculture and Equine programs, are planting flowers and cleaning headstones for people they'll...

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The O’Hanlon mural is painful, confusing and complicated

Mohammad Ahmad April 5, 2019

Reminders of pain and suffering. A symbol of oppression. Feeling like an unwanted, second-class student. Tired of thinking that their university doesn’t care about them.  Those are the concerns African-American...

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Our language propagates unconscious racial bias

Kellsie Kennedy November 8, 2018

Instances of police brutality are less publicized recently, but they continue to happen regularly. A large amount of the blame is placed on language and how it is used to describe victims of police brutality....

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In wake of shootings, we must promote empathy on campus

October 29, 2018

The past few days have been a whirlwind of grief.Last week, a Louisville shooting left two dead at a Kroger and was called a hate crime. The shooter, now somewhat famously, said, “whites don’t kill...

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The women’s suffrage movement taught us nothing

August 27, 2018

Exactly 101 years ago on August 28, 1917, 10 women suffragists were arrested for picketing outside the White House. Their crime? Supporting the “Anthony” amendment, which, if adopted by Congress, would...

The new NFL rule is an affront to democracy

Sarah Ladd May 28, 2018

My social media newsfeeds are full of praises of the NFL for their recent announcement that players will now be required to stand or stay in the locker room during the National Anthem.  ESPN announced...

Journalism senior Lee Mengistu was awarded the prestigious Tom Peterson Memorial Scholarship.

Responding to Herald-Leader Op-Ed, “Black UK students should get active on campus”

Lee Mengistu March 10, 2016

I read Chanel Friday’s opinion piece on the Lexington Herald-Leader website, “Black UK students should get active on campus,” and to be honest, I’m confused. When did I or any of this school’s...

Pulled from Kernel archives, this photo shows Theodore Berry and other Black Student Union members meeting in his apartment in March of 1968.

To the first president of UK’s Black Student Union, activism was crucial part of college

Lexington Souers February 20, 2016

It was Dec. 5, 1967. UK played Illinois State, and Memorial Coliseum shook with racial slurs.The event bothered Theodore Berry, then one of the few African-American students on campus, so much that he...

Stepping up to Greek tradition

by Lee Mengistu February 1, 2016

[email protected] by one, representatives of each of UK’s African-American sororities and fraternities took the stage at the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s third annual “Stepping Through the...

Elaine Wilson was the first African American Alumni President and Kentucky Babe, an off shoot the ROTC. She is pictured here with her Kentucky Babe teammates. 

Paving way to inclusivity at UK

January 31, 2016

By Lexington [email protected]’s first African-American graduate student arrived in 1949, but African-American undergraduate students were not allowed until 1954. Elaine Wilson, UK’s first...

Downtown Lexington rich in African-American history

Lexington Souers January 19, 2016

[email protected] the passing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, UK students interested in Lexington’s African-American history can find it with the African-American Heritage Trail, provided by VisitLex.The...

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