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Young, Hortense Houston

(born: 1903  -  died: 1977) 

Hortense H. Young was the first African American woman admitted to the University of Louisville Law School, which she attended from 1951-1953 before leaving the program. She was also a librarian at the Louisville Municipal College, 1937-1943. Young was the second person to chair the newly formed KNEA Librarian's Conference, in 1938. In 1947, she ran unsuccessfully for the Louisville Board of Education. She was also a civil rights activist; in 1949 she made a proposal to Louisville Mayor Charles Farnsley's Legislative Committee to amend the 1908 Day Law, which had been passed to keep the education of African Americans and whites segregated in Kentucky. Hortense Young, born in Texas, was the mother of Dr. Coleman Milton Young, III. For more see "Hortense Houston Young," on the University of Louisville's website; Central Law School, 1890-1941; and Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones.

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NKAA Entry: Louisville Municipal College for Negroes
NKAA Entry: Librarians' Conference of the Kentucky Negro Educational Association
NKAA Source: Library service to African Americans in Kentucky, from the Reconstruction Era to the 1960s

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NKAA Entry:  Young, Coleman Milton, III
NKAA Entry:  Clark, Yvonne Young
NKAA Entry:  African American Library Employees, WPA, NYA, & Kentucky, 1940

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“Young, Hortense Houston,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 26, 2021,

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