Davis describes the race problem in America like a boil. We’re just covering it up with bigger and bigger bandaids and spraying frebreeze around it.

Merlene Davis graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Journalism degree. She went to the University of California, Berkeley, through the Maynard Institute and worked as a journalist in Memphis Tennessee before returning to the Lexington Herald-Leader. She was a columnist at the Lexington Herald-Leader from 1985 until her retirement in 2015. She is an inductee into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

This interview took place on April 30, 2015 as part of

Davis describes the first two columns she wrote for the Lexington Herald Leader. Merlene Davis graduated from the University of


Davis says that being a black student at UK in the 1960s was not very pleasant. She describes what it