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

Hodge, W. J.

(born: 1920  -  died: 2000) 

W. J. Hodge was born in Texas and came to Louisville, KY, in 1957 to become pastor of the Fifth Street Baptist Church. In 1958 he was elected president of the Louisville Chapter of the NAACP and in 1962 was elected president of the Kentucky Conference of the NAACP. Hodge helped organize the 1964 March on Frankfort in support of the Kentucky Civil Rights Law. In 1977, Hodge became the first African American president of the Louisville Board of Alderman; he resigned from the board in 1982 to become president of Simmons Bible College. For more see "Mayor, 45 councilmen are black city officials," in 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report, by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 20; Y. D. Coleman, "First Black Alderman president recently honored with a resolution," The Louisville Defender, 03/12/1992, p. 4; and T. Shannon, "W. J. Hodge," Courier-Journal, 12/28/2000, NEWS section, p. 01A.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Fifth Street Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
NKAA Source: Kentucky directory of black elected officials
NKAA Source: The Louisville defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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