North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nicholas Hood

Class Year: 
1946

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1996

Rev. Nicholas Hood has been a pastor, a central figure in the United Church of Christ, and a leader in Detroit. He was also the first African-American to receive a degree from North Central College. In November, 1965, Hood became the second African-American to be elected to the City Council of Detroit, serving for 28 years. He was a founding member of Southern Christian Leadership Council with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the founder of Cyprian Center and the Cyprian Foundation, whose chief mission is to serve developmentally disabled persons. He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Yale University Divinity School in 1974.