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Summers, William E. III
Birth Year : 1918
Death Year : 1996
Born in Louisville, KY, William E. Summers, III was the first African American to manage a radio station in the U.S. (1967) as well as the first African American radio station owner in Kentucky (1970). Summers was also a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He served on the Kentucky Derby Board beginning in 1972, and was chair in 1984. For more see "1st black to own radio station in Ky., William Summers, dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 05/18/1996, Obituaries section, p. C2; and "First African-American to manage radio station," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/27/2004, City&Region section, p. B1.
See the photo image and additional information, see William E. Summers, III at Great Black Kentuckians, a Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website.
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky