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Hudson, J. Blaine

Louisville, KY

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BOOK: Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad
Born in 1949 in Louisville, KY, J. Blaine Hudson began his fight for social change in junior high school, when he was refused admittance to a downtown movie theater. As a college student he demonstrated to demand imprevement in educational opportunities for African-American students. He and several other protesters were arrested and tried under the Kentucky Anti-Riot Act. The charges were dismissed, but he was unable to return to campus for a year and lost his scholarship.

Hudson is a history professor and chairman of the Pan-African Studies Department at the University of Louisville and has served as chairman of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.