Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Denise Watts-Wilson

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Tue, 12/23/2008




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43 minutes. In 2004 Denise Watts-Wilson was elected as the first African-American woman in Oldham County to sit on the City Council. Denise grew up in Brooklyn, New York in the 50s and 60s. As a youth in the Bethany Baptist Church choir, she organized the choir's travel arrangements to New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey. In 2003, she became interested in the City Council while working with the Summer Lunch Program in Oldham County. As a Council member, Denise was on the Budget Committee for two years. Denise has a Master of Arts in Christian Education and a Masters of Divinity in Religious Education. She is currently Minister of Music at Clayvillage Baptist Church in Shelbyville and has traveled to Ghana. She incorporated the Light Center for Family Enrichment in 1999.

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