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Cosby, Kevin Wayne

(born: 1958) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Kevin W. Cosby is the son of the late Clora E. and Laken Cosby, Jr. Since 1979, Rev. Cosby has served as senior pastor of the St. Stephen Church in Louisville, the largest African American church in Kentucky and one of the largest churches in the United States.

Cosby, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary, is the 13th president of Simmons College in Louisville, serving in that position without a salary.

Rev. Cosby has published several books, including the co-authored Get Off Your "But"! messages, musings, and ministries to empower the African American Church. He has received a number of awards, including his recognition in 1992 by the U.S. Senate for his dedication to community and race relations. In 2007 he was one of the two recipients of the Louisvillian of the Year Award.

For more see the Congressional Record, "Rev. Kevin Wayne Cosby," 5/13/1992, 102nd Cong. 2nd. Sess., 138 Cong Rec S 6615; "AdFed names Cosby, Kelly its Louisvillians of the year," at, 7/17/2007; Connections with Renee Shaw, program #303 - Dr. Kevin W Cosby Addresses the City Regarding Protests and Latest Murder, 6/01/2020, on Youtube; "Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby," at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame website; and "Meet Pastor Cosby," at the St. Stephen Baptist Church website.

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NKAA Entry: Cosby, Laken, Jr.
NKAA Entry: Simmons College (Louisville, KY)
NKAA Source: Get off your "but": messages, musings, and ministries to empower the African American Church

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