From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Wilkinson, Doris Y.

(born: 1936) 

Doris Y. Wilkinson was born in Lexington, KY, the daughter of Regina L. and Howard T. Wilkinson. She was director of the Project on the African American Heritage, Department of Sociology, at the University of Kentucky. Her interests include organizations and professions, medical sociology, and race and ethnic relations. Dr. Wilkinson was a member of the first class of African American students at the University of Kentucky in 1954, and she earned her Ph.D. at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1967, she became the first African American female appointed to a full-time faculty position at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Wilkinson has received a number of awards and is author of numerous articles and eight books, including anthologies and co-authored works. A more recent recognition was the dedication of the Doris Y. Wilkinson Conference Room in Breckinridge Hall at the University of Kentucky on October 18, 2007. For more see "Sociologist inspired by cultural resilience," Lexington Herald-Leader, p. A14, 03/02/02; Who's who Among African Americans 1992-1995; and Who's Who in America 1998-2008.

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