Leroy McCray

Leroy McCray

Description: Leroy McCray is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And even though he had a full-ride Track and Field Scholarship offer from Temple, he didn’t want to go to college so close to his high school. His “Welcome to Champaign” included an unfriendly roommate, racial harassment, and a militant police response to a mostly peaceful demonstration at the Illini Union. Leroy’s … Read More

Jeffrey Roberts

Description: Jeffrey Roberts was the only black student in the journalism program when he came to the University of Illinois in the fall of 1968. The passion for writing he brought with him to Illinois stemmed from high school experiences as a bat boy for the Chicago White Sox. In this interview, he recalls his varied experiences as a young … Read More

Karl Huff

Karl Huff

Description: Karl Huff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1972 from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts. In this interview, he recalls his role in the 1968 Union Demonstration: voicing support of black students’ concerns while acknowledging that he himself had adequate housing. Huff was active on campus in the Black Student Association, Dorm Councils, and the … Read More

Patricia McKinney-Lewis

Patricia McKinney-Lewis

Description: As a high school senior in Danville, Patricia McKinney-Lewis hadn’t originally planned on seeking attendance at the University of Illinois. Participating in American Legion Conferences held annually at Gregory Hall, however, caused her to develop a high opinion of Illinois early on. She viewed it as a highly prestigious institution; maybe too prestigious for her. Project 500 Recruiters convinced … Read More

Raynard Hall

Raynard Hall

Description: Raynard Hall had always knew he wanted to go to college, despite his dad having different ideas for him. He only learned about Project 500 after arriving at Illinois in August 1968. It didn’t take long for him to get involved with student activism on campus, although he describes the Sep. 10, 1968 incident at the Union in passive … Read More

Laquida Glover

LaQuida Glover

Description: Laquida Glover was born in Batesville, Mississippi. She was attracted to the University of Illinois through a Project 500 Newspaper flyer promising free tuition for college. Her mother, Thelma Thomas Glover Childress, was active in the Civil Rights Movement. She talks about the influences her upbringing and experiences at the University of Illinois had on her journey to becoming … Read More

Connie Eggleston

Connie Eggleston

Description: Connie Penda-Eggelston was born in Chicago in 1948 to well-known musicians. Her older brother, a Project 500 Recruiter, convinced her to come back to the Illinois in 1968 after she withdrew from the University from her first term starting in 1966. She was a member of BSA and participated in the September 10, 1968 Union Demonstration. Participating in cultural … Read More

David and Ann Atkins

Description: David and Ann Atkins attended the University of Illinois where both earned teaching degrees in the early 1990s. In this interview, they discuss why they chose the University of Illinois, campus life, notable professors, and meeting while living at Stratford and Koinonia houses. Date of Interview: 4/15/2018 Interviewer: Alicia Hopkins Related Resources: Voices of Illinois Oral History Project

Wendy Mathewson and Beth Watkins

Description: Wendy Mathewson (BA ‘96) and Beth Watkins (BA ‘96) met in a freshman honors course, “The History that Music Made.”  They became roommates and lifelong friends. Both graduates of the Department of History, both women are employed by the university today. Mathewson is the undergraduate advisor for the Department of History and Watkins is the Education and Publications Coordinator at the Spurlock Museum. In this interview, they reflect on their time … Read More

Victor Fein

Description: Victor Fein came to the University of Illinois after serving in the US military. Eventually, Victor became a co-founder of a local co-op called Earthworks.  The co-op started out as a small art studio selling handmade wood and leather good. It eventually grew to include a clothing shop, pet store, and grocery. Victor and his wife also opened a restaurant, … Read More