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

Whiteside, Birdie Mary Lee

(born: 1911  -  died: 2004) 

Whiteside was born in Hopkinsville, KY, the daughter of Augusta Radford Jordan and Arkley Whiteside. She founded the Guiding Light Christian Service in 1953 in Indianapolis, designed to take recorded religious sermons to the sick and shut-in. Six years later the service was incorporated. Whiteside moved to Indianapolis in 1950. She was a graduate of Simmons University (KY). The Birdie L. Whiteside Collection is housed at the Indiana Historical Society. For more see Guide to African-American History Materials in Manuscript Collections at the Indiana Historical Society.


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NKAA Entry: Simmons College (Louisville, KY)

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