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J. Blaine Hudson, University of Louisville

J. Blaine Hudson of Louisville is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville and professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies. He is the author of Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad and Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in the Kentucky Borderland.

His research interests include race relations, race and public policy, the history of African Americans in Louisville and Kentucky, and the African diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America.

He was among the people interviewed for the KET documentary Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky. As a student at the University of Louisville, he demonstrated at the College of Arts and Sciences dean's office, demanding improvement in educational opportunities for African-American students. He and several fellow protestors were arrested and tried under the newly enacted Kentucky Anti-Riot Act. The charges were eventually dismissed, but Hudson was forbidden by the judge to return to campus for one year.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1974 and master's degree in 1975 from the University of Louisville and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1981. He remains active in the racial and social justice movements, and serves on numerous local and state boards and commissions, with recent appointments to the Kentucky State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.

This guest appears in ...

  • Abraham Lincolnís Legacy (#421)

    Alicestyne Adams and J. Blaine Hudson, organizers of the “Year of Lincoln” at Centre College, talk about Abraham Lincoln and the symposium held to honor the bicentennial celebration of his birthday.

  • Two Centuries of Black Louisville (#642)

    The authors of Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History discuss the book and the history of African Americans in Louisville, from the 1700s to the Civil War, the civil rights movement of the 20th century, and the new millennium.