Harry Sykes

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s first African-American city councilman has died. Harry Sykes, who was elected in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, came to Lexington in 1954. That’s after he completed two seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s Urban County Council took time Thursday to honor one of its own. Harry Sykes, the city’s first African-American council member was recognized as an important voice for civil rights and for a distinguished career in public service.