To commemorate Black History Month, University of Kentucky Public Relations and Strategic Communications is highlighting alumni from the UK Alumni Association’s Pioneer Project throughout the month of February. Be sure to check UKNow each “Wildcat Wednesday” this month to learn more about a UK alum who left an important legacy at our university.
On this “Wildcat Wednesday,” UK honors Ruth Coleman — the first Black woman to graduate from the College of Engineering in 1977, not long after the end of the Civil Rights Movement.
Coleman lived on a family farm in Lexington, Kentucky that belonged to her ancestors from the time slavery was abolished.
After graduating from Bryan Station High School in 1968, Coleman pursued a bachelor’s…