RIP Blaine Hudson RIP
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#1 Jan 7, 2013
Just after getting his Black History of Louisville published, Blaine Hudson dies. Blaine Hudson, was part of the Black Power Revolution, of the 1960s. He started Occupying UofL, and never stopped. He will be sorely missed.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#2 Jan 7, 2013
Hunter S Thompson's take on race relations in Louisville, in 1963.

"Quino's cafe is on Market Street... " RIP Hunter S Thompson RIP Blaine Hudson RIP

Blaine Hudson, during the 1960s, stormed into the Dean's office, along w/ Gerald Neal, the State Senator from Louisville. They were organized. They had folks walking up and down the halls, and cornered the Dean of Arts and Science, in his office, and told him that he needed to create a Black Studies problem. Now there's the PAS... The Pan-African Studies Department was created because of the actions of Blaine Hudson and Gerald Neal. They took the building over. Then they were arrested. The dean was steamed. He wanted change to happen slowly, and black folks wanted change now. Blaine Hudson and Gerald Neal were able to avoid being suspected/evicted, though many of their colleagues didn't. Blaine Hudson points out how Louisville had a major Underground Railroad operation going on here, since swimming across the Ohio River was freedom, many black folks came to Louisville. Blaine Hudson also wrote a "Black Lousivillians" history book, which surely has lots of good information in it.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#3 Jan 7, 2013

in 2004 and was appointed to the post full time the following year, took a leave of absence in August, telling colleagues in an email that he had serious health problems and had undergone “cranial surgery.”
At the time, he said,“Prognosis is good; all marbles are still there.”
 “Freedom Park” on U of L’s campus in an effort to counterbalance the Confederate statue erected near the campus in 1895... largest Confederate statue in Kentucky.

 restoration of civil rights for former felons

African proverb,‘When an elder dies, it is as if an entire library has burned to the ground,’

He was 63.

2011 book “Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History,” with Kenneth Clay and Aubespin, a retired Courier-Journal associate editor.

Hudson was born in Louisville and became involved in civil rights when a downtown theater barred his entrance, according to KET's Living the Story. KET adds this:

"Later, as a student at the University of Louisville, he demonstrated at the Arts and Sciences dean’s office, demanding improvement in educational opportunities for advancement African-American students. He and several fellow protestors were arrested and tried under the newly enacted Kentucky Anti-Riot Act. The charges were eventually dismissed, but Hudson was forbidden by the judge to return to campus for one year."

Blaine Hudson, like Muhammad Ali, was barred from attending a theater in the 1960s, and it pizzed 'em off, and so he protested, and low and behold, the peasant, became King.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#4 Jan 14, 2013
Here's Blaine Hudson talking about Louisville:
Louisville used to be a slave city. There were 100,000 Union troops. William Tecumseh Sherman and US Grant met in Louisville to strategize.

Blaine remembered:

The Blaine Hudson Story:
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#5 Jan 14, 2013
My eulogy for J. Blaine Hudson, Dean of Arts of Sciences Department at UofL, Radical, Revolutionary, Occupier, Historian, Pan-African Studies Head, Author, Smart, Seed Planter, Freedom Park Maker, Creator of the Pan-African Department, aka Black Studies at UofL, Black Power, Martin Luther King, 1960s, Hippies, 1975 Mini-Civil War... wait... what r we talkin about? Oh yeah. J. Blaine Hudson's Eulogy:
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Cheri Bryant Hamilton

Lexington, KY

#6 Jan 15, 2013
I was fortunate to have known Blaine Hudson since our childhood in the turbulent 1960′s in the West end of Louisville where his participation in civil rights and black consciousness activities fueled his scholarly pursuits for black history. These events and activities helped mold his character, nurtured his soul and grew into a life-long passion for social justice, racial equality and appreciation of history. I remember when Blaine was kicked out of U of L for his occupation on campus and love the irony that he came back to run the Pan African Studies department and later became Dean of A & S. Blaine was one of the most intelligent, generous, committed, and down-to-earth people I’ve ever known. He didn’t just teach history for the community at the Saturday Academy, he breathed life into it with personal anecdotes about his family and his personal knowledge of other local black leaders activities in this city. You could almost see York blazing the trail with Lewis and Clark, or a black woman and her family crossing the Underground Railroad to freedom from the shores of Portland to New Albany, Indiana. Blaine helped you appreciate the importance of history and that our knowledge of the past wasn’t just for information’s sake. He felt it must be shared with in order to build upon our proud legacy and accomplishments of our forefathers as we tackle the challenges of the present to bring about a brighter tomorrow for our youth and this entire community.He believed in political activism and grass roots solutions. I was happy to support and attend the Saturday Academy and hope that it will continue for decades to come. Blaine and Bani were a dynamic duo and shared the same passion and commitment with all they came in contact with. Blaine will be sorely missed and we thank his family for sharing him with us all these years. Peace.
Benjamin K Richmond

Lexington, KY

#7 Jan 15, 2013
Today, the Louisville Urban League (LUL) joins this community in celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson. Dr.. Hudson was a quiet, yet influential force in pursuit of social and economic equity for all African Americans. Because of his understated style, few may recognize the power and reach of his effort. Here, at the Louisville Urban League, we have viewed many examples. However, perhaps none was so great as his contributions in making our landmark study,“The State of African-American Youth in Metropolitan Louisville”, possible.

Published in 2002, this study was groundbreaking in so many ways. It had been over fifty years since the seminal research conducted by the Louisville Urban League, with the assistance of the National Urban League and researcher J. Harvey Kerns had examined the economic and cultural conditions of the African-American community in Louisville. Many of the concerns expressed then have come to fruition and are expressed through today’s black youth. LUL felt compelled to explore the issue and Dr. Hudson understood all to well the importance of data that illustrates where we are and need to go as a community.

Without him, this research, which has been well received and widely used, would have been almost impossible. Despite the many community and academic commitments on his plate, he made room for us. He did not hesitate to offer his time, research acumen and university resources to make what would have been cost prohibitive, with LUL’s limited budgets. He did so with humor, tenacity and the gracious style none of us will ever forget.

Research and the knowledge it builds carry immense power. Dr. Hudson was instrumental in assisting the new “55,000 Degree” initiative– that was borne out of the Mayor Abramson administration and formalized and adopted under Mayor Greg Fischer. Through training and experience, he understood the linkage between education and the future of our metropolitan community. Through research, he helped to establish goals to which the whole community is aspiring, in order to make a difference– 55,000 new Baccalaureate Degrees and Associates of Arts Degrees among the overall population, 15,000 of which will be African American. In this way, Blaine stands among the giants in educational activism– such as Harvey C. Russell and Albert Meyzeek. Like them, he was not satisfied with his own achievements. He felt compelled to reach back and help elevate not only African Americans, but the whole community.

For those of us who called Dr. Hudson friend and colleague, it seems unfathomable that he will no longer be just a phone call away. He is gone and his absence will be sorely felt for years to come. So quiet and gracious a man, he was strangely formidable in what he could accomplish. Dr. Ricky Jones has noted,“The man with the velvet hammer” and to this we heartily concur. Today, the Louisville Urban League stands with all of you who bow their heads sadly while rejoicing about this life well lived. There is so much to say, but words seem not nearly enough. Blaine, respected friend and colleague, you gave so much for so little. You have left an empty chair, but a full legacy. We are honored and glad that you passed our way.

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