There are more notable African Americans with Kentucky roots and ties than any one person knows about. Very little has been written about many of them and it is a challenge to find what was written in the past. For some, their stories have only been told by word of mouth. The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together a brief description of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found. This is not currently an all inclusive database, but we are working toward that goal and suggestions are welcomed.

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Martin, Clarence B.

Clarence B. Martin, a native of Alabama, played high school basketball at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, AL. In college, he played…

Locke, Bernadette

In 1990 Bernadette Locke became the first woman and the first African American woman to be named an assistant coach in Division I Men's NCAA…

Lee, James (basketball)

Born in 1956 in Lexington, KY, James Lee played high school basketball at Henry Clay in Lexington. The 6'5" forward played college basketball at the…

Kentucky Wesleyan University, 1957

The All-American City Basketball Tournament was held at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1957. On January 2, Iona was scheduled to play Ole Miss in the…

Kean, William L. "Bill"

While a student at Louisville Central High School, Kean was captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. The 5' 7" athlete weighed 140…

Johnson, Larry

Born in Morganfield, KY, Larry Johnson was a 6'3" guard who played high school basketball in Union County, KY; he was the first of three African…

Hunter, Charles "Charlie"

Born in Glasgow, KY, Hunter played basketball at Ralph Bunche High School in Glasgow, where he was the all-time leading scorer. Hunter was the first…

Houston, Allan W., Sr.

Known as Wade Houston, he was one of the first African American basketball players at the University of Louisville. He graduated in 1966 and was…

Houston, Allan W., Jr.

Houston was born in Louisville, KY. He was one of the best shooting guards in the National Basketball Association and one of the highest paid players.…

Higgs, Kenny Lee

Born in Owensboro, KY, Kenny L. Higgs is the brother of Mark Higgs. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Owensboro High School basketball team,…