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Mae Street Kidd

Mae Street Kidd (1909-1999) was an African-American politician, civil rights activist, and trailblazer for women in politics. She was born on April 4, 1909, in Millersburg, Kentucky, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Despite facing racial and gender barriers, Kidd went on to achieve numerous firsts in her political career.

In 1968, Kidd became the first African-American woman elected to the Kentucky state legislature. She served as a representative in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 41st District in Louisville from 1969 to 1984. During her tenure, she advocated for civil rights, education, and social justice, working to improve the lives of African Americans and other marginalized communities.

Kentucky Women’s Agenda Coalition’s “Woman of the Year” banquet; shows Senator Mae Street Kidd, an unidentified woman, Lieutenant Governor Thelma Stovall, and Allie Hixson all standing as an unidentified woman reaches toward them

Kidd was known for her charismatic personality, strong advocacy, and commitment to social change. She fought for fair housing, equal employment opportunities, and the advancement of women’s rights. In addition to her legislative work, Kidd was actively involved in community organizations and worked as a radio broadcaster.

Throughout her career, Kidd received numerous accolades and recognition for her achievements. In 1984, she was inducted into the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit at the Kentucky State Capitol, honoring her significant contributions to the state. She also received the Rosa Parks Leadership Award and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Freedom Fund Award.

Mae Street Kidd passed away on November 11, 1999, leaving behind a legacy of courage and perseverance. Her trailblazing work as a politician and civil rights activist paved the way for future generations, inspiring others to advocate for equality and social justice.

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