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

Ayers, Rhoda Mae "Rhonnie"

(born: July 26, 1931  -  died: February 21, 1984) 

Rhoda Ayers was born in Rock Island, IL; she moved to Newport, KY in 1972. In 1976, she became the first African American member of the Newport  Independent Board of Education. During that year, she was also one of two African American women on a local school board in Kentucky. She also served on the Newport Recreation Commission and the Community Action Commission advisory board. Ayers was employed by the U.S. Postal Service Annex in Cincinnati, OH.

For more see "17 blacks are local school board members," in 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report, by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 26; and The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, The University Press of Kentucky, p. 51, online via and Enquirer Media.

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NKAA Source: Kentucky directory of black elected officials

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“Ayers, Rhoda Mae "Rhonnie",” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 22, 2022,

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