FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former University of Louisville Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson, who died last month, has been added to the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians at the state Capitol during a Black History Month celebration. Also honored was 1960s University of Kentucky starting linebacker Wilbur Hackett Jr.
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights said Hudson was active in racial and social justice organizations, lifelong work that began when he was denied entry to a downtown theater as a young person.
Lawmakers who organized the celebration Wednesday said Hackett received accolades as a football player and was among the first black football players in the Southeastern Conference. In a statement, lawmakers said Hackett received death threats at a game against Ole Miss.