BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – She made Mardi Gras history this year with Karnival Krewe de Louisiane as the first African American queen, but this isn’t her first time crossing a major milestone.
Rose Hudson is known for being a trail blazer.
“It really caused me to stop and think that hopefully this means that we’re making progress, we’re moving in a positive direction.” said Hudson.
Throughout her career she has broken may barriers.
“I relish in the chance to make sure that someone else has an easier path, that they get seen for just the contributions they bring to the table.”
She is not only the first woman, but also the first African American person to be named President and CEO of the Louisiana Lottery
“A number of milestones off the list in terms of the first person of color to lead our national organization, actually both of our national organizations power ball and all that goes along with that. I’ve been inducted into the public game and research hall of fame, so it’s only on the look back when you realize how many of those milestones you’ve crossed over.”
It’s an honor she takes seriously.
“What it has caused though is for me to be very intentional and purposeful about making sure that someone else does not feel that.”
Hudson’s latest “first” came during Mardi Gras.
She was crowned queen of Karnival Krewe de Louisiane, becoming the first African American person in royalty in the krewe’s history.
The krewe raises funds for Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. It’s a hospital that is near and dear to her heart.
“My father was diagnosed with lung cancer very late, so he was not able to be treated. But Mary Bird Perkins was such a resource for me.”
It was her father who inspired her to keep pushing limits.
“My mother and father were true believers in you can do anything.”
Through out the entire experience she kept her father’s words close.
“I have an angel on the back of the crown with my dad’s birthstone in it just as a reminder of why I was doing this.”
She said with a strong support system, hard work and little ambition anything is possible.
“It is about pushing past stereotypes, finding a support system and remembering exactly why you feel that drive and that passion to do that thing.”