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

Sykes, Harry N.

(born: 1927  -  died: 2012) 

Born in Starkville, MS, in 1963 Harry N. Sykes became the first African American elected to the City of Lexington, KY, Council; he also served as mayor pro-tem, 1967-1969. Sykes ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Lexington in 1971. He founded the Lexington Fayette County Urban League in 1968, serving as president from 1968-1972. Sykes was also a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, 1952-1954. For more see Harry Sykes, Lexington Herald Leader, 08/02/03, Final Ed., p. B1.

  See photo image of Harry Sykes and additional information at The HistoryMakers website.

Access Interview Read about the Harry N. Sykes oral history interviews available in the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, item records are in the SPOKE Database.


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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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