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Hudson, J. Blaine, III

(born: 1949  -  died: 2013) 

Born in Louisville, KY, J. Blaine Hudson, III was an activist for social change and a historian with an extensive knowledge of the history of African Americans in Kentucky. He is the former chair of the Pan-African Studies Department at the University of Louisville and was the appointed Chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. In 2005, Hudson was named Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville, one of the first African Americans to be named dean at a predominately white college in Kentucky.

Hudson published a number of academic articles, was a contributing author to other works, and was the sole author of Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in the Kentucky Borderland and other books.

Hudson earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Louisville and his doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Kentucky.

For more see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1992-2007; Hudson recommended to lead College of Arts and Sciences, a University of Louisville website; Directory of American Scholars, 10th ed., vol. 5: Psychology, Sociology, & Education; Blaine Hudson interview and biography, at KET Living the Story; "J. Blaine Hudson, ex-U of L dean, dies," Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/6/2013, p. A001; and Dr. J. Blaine Hudson Foundation, Inc. at

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