Joseph Hudson was born in 1949 in Biloxi, Miss., and graduated from St. Rose High School in Bay St. Louis. He attended college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and law school at the University of Minnesota. In 1973, he went to work for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York, spending most of his time in Alabama.
Following the work of leaders like Thurgood Marshall has inspired Hudson's lifelong interest in public affairs and service. He has served on numerous church and public interest boards and committees, including the Mississippi Bar Association; Magnolia Bar Association/Foundation; Harrison County Bar Association; Mississippi Law Income Child Care Initiative; NAACP, Gulfport (life member) and the Catholic Foundation, Catholic Diocese of Biloxi.
Hudson says, "My advice is to get involved, to find something that interests you, find something where there's a need, and just get out there, and try and make it happen." Hudson has practiced law in Gulfport, Miss., since 1974 when he became the third black attorney to practice on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.