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 her otherwise, and 3 degrees later, she gives back to her Danville community by inspiring students to pursue higher education, investing in scholarships, and reaching back to help the children in any way she can. Patricia’s interview includes some unique insights from her participant role in the September 10, 1968 Union Demonstration.
Class of: 1973
Date of Interview: September 13, 2018
Interviewer: Jessica Ballard
Related Resources: David Eisenman Papers