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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1997
Home TownYankton, SD
Yankton, SD
Yankton, SD

   Theodore Blakey
Champion of Excellence

 In 1994, Ted Blakey was asked to and accepted giving the secondary speech for Carol Hillard, who was seeking the nomination for lieutenant governor of South Dakota--the 1st woman ever to be elected to that position in South Dakota history.

In Nov. 1963, the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Gov. Gubbred asked Mr. Blakey to serve as Emancipation Proclamation Commissioner for the state. Blakey and his family went to a lot of meetings, made speeches and led discussions on civil rights. As he was closing out the year, the NAACP asked him to spearhead anti-poll tax legislative efforts in SD. In Jan. 1964, the state's anti-poll tax measure was signed and played an instrumental part in the anti-poll tax becoming the 24th Amendment to the Constitution. <p>In 1970, Blakey helped organize a pony express ride in southeast SD, starting at WNAX Radio in Yankton and ending at the Western Mall in Sioux Falls. <p>In 1971, Ted assisted Yankton banker, Wilbur Foss, in starting the South Dakota Old Time Fiddling Contest, with over 900 in attendance at the Pine Acres 4-H Building in Yankton the 1st year. He was chairman of the fiddling contest for 3 years and, in 1976, he received the Jarle and Inga Foss Sportsmanship Award. <p>Another program that Ted Blakey became involved with was the Miss Black South Dakota Pageant. The first pageant was held on the Yankton College campus in April 1977. <p>In 1960, Ted was Alpha Lodge #10 P.H.A. and Eastern Star South Dakota Outstanding Negro Citizen. In 1969, SD Gov. Frank Farrar appointed Ted to serve on the newly established SD Human Relations Commission, and he was re-appointed in July 1972. He has also served as president of the Yankton County Old Settlers Picnic. In 1970, Ted was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the State Department of Welfare. Blakey served 6 years on the SD Easter Seals Board. In 1970, Gov. Farrar inducted Ted into the Order of the White Buffalo. He has been actively involved in the Yankton Antique Auto Assoc. In 1984, SD Gov. William Janklow appointed Ted to the Governors Office of Economic Development. He served under Gov. George Mickelson and Gov. Janklow. In Feb. 1997, Ted was honored as Yankton's Citizen of the Year.

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