There are more notable African Americans with Kentucky roots and ties than any one person knows about. Very little has been written about many of them and it is a challenge to find what was written in the past. For some, their stories have only been told by word of mouth. The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together a brief description of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found. This is not currently an all inclusive database, but we are working toward that goal and suggestions are welcomed.

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Bean, Walter Dempsey

Bean, born in Midway, KY to James Ennis and Lula G. Rollins Bean, was a 1935 graduate of Kentucky State University and earned his MS at Butler…

Blakey, William Arthur "Buddy"

William A. Blakey, born in Louisville, KY, was a graduate of Knoxville College and Howard University School of Law. He was recognized for the…

Brazley, Michael D.

Michael D. Brazley was born in Louisville, KY to William and Gwendolyn Brazley. A graduate of the Howard University School of Architectureand the…

Buck, Vincent Lamont "Vince"

Vince L. Buck was born in Owensboro, KY, where he was an outstanding football player. AtCentral State University in Wilburforce, OH, he was an NAIA…

Walker, Frank X

Frank X Walker was born in Danville, KY. He is a visual artist, poet, author, educator, and motivator. Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian…

Wilkinson, Crystal

Crystal Wilkinson was born in Ohio and grew up in Indian Creek, KY. She chaired the Creative Writing Department for the Kentucky Governor's School for…

Burse, Luther, Sr.

Luther Burse, Sr., the son of Ernestine Merriweather Perry and the stepson of Monroe Perry, was born in Hopkinsville, KY. He is a 1958 graduate of…

Burse, Raymond M.

Raymond Malcolm Burse was born in Hopkinsville, KY, the youngest of the 12 children of Joe and Lena Belle Burse. He was captain of his high school…

Negro Businesses (Lexington, KY)

In 1901, the following Lexington, KY, businesses were included in Dr. L. D. Robinson's report at the 2nd Annual Convention of the National Negro…

Knight, David Lawson

In 1897, David L. Knight established the first transfer line in Louisville, KY owned by an African American, and he claimed to be the first to hire an…