Black History Month: Luska J. Twyman

By: Maya Brown


Luska J. Twyman was born in Barren County, KY. He attended Kentucky State College and earned a bachelor’s degree, and then he went on to earn a master’s degree from Indiana University.

Twyman also served in the Philippians during World War II.

According to Kentucky History, Twyman taught at Ralph J. High School in Glasgow, a segregated school. He later became the principal at Glasgow High School once the school system was integrated.

Later, Twyman became the city’s first black councilman, which led to his selection as mayor pro tem. In 1970, he became the first African American to be elected full term in a Kentucky city.

Twyman was a prominent figure in the community. He was a member of the National Education Association, the Kentucky Education Association, and served on the Kentucky State University (KSU) Board of Regents. He was honored at KSU as one of its 100 outstanding centennial alumni,

In 1971, he received an honorary law degree from Simmons Bible College.

Twyman died January of 1988, but his dedication to education through his service and accomplishments were influential to students during segregation and integration. His legacy as a councilman and mayor opened doors for African Americans in Kentucky interested in politics.


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