IBLC mourns the passing of founding member, Hurley Goodall

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) today released the following statement to mourn the passing of IBLC founding member and former State Representative, Hurley Goodall:

“The IBLC is heartbroken at the passing of Hurley Goodall, without whom the IBLC would not exist.

“As a former state representative and inspirational civil rights leader, Representative Goodall put Indiana on the path to a more just future. The name 'Hurley Goodall' will be remembered for years to come. We will ensure it as we work to realize his vision for Hoosiers.

“We offer our prayers and condolences to Representative Goodall's loved ones during this time of mourning.”

About Hurley Goodall

Hurley Goodall had a historic career as a public servant in both state and local government. In 1970, he was the first African American to serve on the Muncie Community Schools Board of Education. He represented House District 34 from 1978 to 1992. While in office, he founded the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, sponsored legislation to recognize January 20 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and represented the voice of the Black community. Before working in government, Goodall was one of the first two African Americans to work for the Muncie Fire Department in 1958.

Throughout his years of public service, Goodall actively served as a board and committee member with various organizations, including: Action, Inc. of Delaware County; Arts Commission; Central States Region National Caucus of Black School Board Members; Muncie Human Rights; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Muncie Chapter; and the Whitely Community Council.

Goodall was born in 1927 in Muncie, and attended Muncie Central High School. After serving in Japan as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1945 to 1947, he returned home to Muncie and married his high school sweetheart, Fredine “Freddie” Wynn.

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