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

Harvey, Wardelle G., Sr.

(born: 1926) 

Wardell G. Harvey, Sr. was born in Booneville, IN, and is a graduate of Tri-State Baptist College. He came to Kentucky in 1962 to pastor at the Harrison Street Baptist Church in Paducah. In 1968, Rev. Harvey became the first African American to be appointed to the Paducah City Commission. He was also the first African American on the Paducah Housing Board and was mayor pro tem. Rev. Harvey was a Civil Rights activist, developing the Non-Partisan League in Paducah to push for the desegregation of public accommodations. For more see "Nine Blacks on City Councils, One Prosecuting Attorney," Human Rights News, January-February 1969; and Not without struggle, by J. B. Horton.



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NKAA Source: Human rights news (periodical)
NKAA Source: Not without struggle : an account of the most significant political and social-action changes that have occurred in the lives of black Kentuckians in the twentieth century

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