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Born in Starkville, MS, Harry N. Sykes was the first African American elected to the Lexington City Council in 1963. Among his many accomplishments was the founding of the Lexington/Fayette County Urban League in 1968. Sykes served as Lexington mayor pro-tem, 1967-1969. He ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Lexington in 1971.

Sykes, Harry N., interviews, Kentucky Sports: Interscholastic Athletics Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

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