LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Members of Louisville’s Metro Council are reflecting on the impact of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, the former Arts & Sciences dean at the University of Louisville who passed way Saturday.
Hudson was a prominent figure in West Louisville and the Louisville community with his contributions to civil rights, history and the impact African-Americans had in the city’s early development.
Here’s what some of the members of Metro Council had to say:
“The University of Louisville has lost a true scholar, devoted teacher and friend. Our community has lost a man who helped many understand who we are through our history. He lived the history he taught and understood so well. We on the Metro Council offer our thoughts and prayers to the Hudson family at this time of remembrance,” -- Jim King of District 10 and President of the Louisville Metro Council said.
"My prayers go out to the family of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson. Dr. Hudson, and his partner Bani Hines-Hudson, brought Black history in Louisville to the forefront every week as part of the Saturday Academy and my family was blessed to listen to his strong voice and to learn from his vault of knowledge. Dr. Hudson used his influence to impact academia and to impact our community leading research on issues like restoration of civil rights for former felons. He will be deeply missed and may his life serve as a guide to each generation that follows,"
Attica Scott of District 1 said.
“Dr. Hudson was a remarkable man. He came to Newburg many times to teach African American history to young and old. He helped all who listened understand the role of local civil rights and the legacy and goals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He will be missed and my prayers are with his family in this time of mourning,” Barbara Shanklin of District 2 said.
“I am saddened by the loss of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson. He was a dedicated member of this community and will be truly missed. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and will keep them in my prayers,” Mary C. Woolridge, of District 3 said.
"The City of Louisville is a better place because of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson and his dedication to better human understanding through the study of history. I would like to thank Dr. Hudson's family for sharing him with us and to let them know that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time," David Tandy of District 4 said.
“I was fortunate to have known Dr. Blaine Hudson since childhood where his passion for social justice and racial equality was forged as a teenager. As a U of L student he fought for black studies on campus and later taught in and led the Pan African Studies Dept. He was a down-to-earth genius who walked with ease among kings and the common people. He remained committed to social justice throughout his life and unselfishly shared his intimate knowledge of African, African-American, Kentucky and Louisville history. Blaine Hudson shared the importance of the past in such a way that you knew the future of the community was dependent on what actions we take in the present, and that knowledge of self and history would instill self-esteem and pride in our youth. Someone tweeted Saturday night an African proverb, ‘When an elder dies, it is as if an entire library has burned to the ground,’ if that is true, then Louisville has lost a main branch of wisdom. Blaine Hudson touched and will be missed by the entire community,” Cheri Bryant Hamilton of District 5 said.
“Dr. Hudson was a visionary and an intellectual giant in our community who's efforts to find peace, safety and a higher level of discourse will not soon be forgotten. My deepest sympathies are expressed to his family, friends and all who knew him. Our City is better off today because of his dedication and leadership," David James of District 6 said.