From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Owens, Darryl T.

(born: 1937  -  died: January 4, 2022) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Darryl T. Owens was the first African American assistant prosecutor in the Louisville police court, the first African American Assistant Kentucky General, and the first African American president of the Louisville Legal Aid Society. In 2005, he was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly for House District 43 (Jefferson County) and served into 2018. Owens also wrote the forward for Louisville in World War II

Owens was a graduate of Louisville Central High School, Central State University (B.A.), and Howard University School of Law. He died January 4, 2022.

For more see M. Williams, "The Honorable Darryl T. Owens" in Who's Who of Black Louisville, 3rd ed., p. 59; "Darryl T. Owens (Kentucky)" at the Ballotpedia website; Phillip M. Bailey, "Kentucky Rep. Darryl Owens will not run for re-election in 2018," Courier Journal, 1/8/2018; and contact the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. See his obituary from the Courier-Journal (published 1/7/2022) and WAVE's announcement of his passing (includes video).

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