Category Archives: African-American

Housing Authority delays decision on proposed rent-reform study (aka the “experiment on black women”)

Section 8 residents and housing advocates scored a victory last week as Louisville Metro Housing Authority decided to delay their plans to vote on participating in a controversial rent-reform study being described by some as “an experiment on black women and children.” LEO wrote about the proposed Housing and Urban Development-sponsored study last month. Here’s […]

Actress Ruby Dee to speak at U of L

The University of Louisville’s “It’s Happening Here” speakers series is hosting legendary actress and human rights advocate, Lady Ruby Dee later this week. The forum is part of International Women’s Day with Dee’s lecture focusing the importance of “Social Justice Through The Arts” in an address to students. For several decades Dee has been a […]

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit coming to Ali Center

For Black History Month, the Tuskegee Airmen and their many connections with Kentucky will be the focus of a special exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center that will be on display throughout February. “We encourage everyone who can to visit the center to see this and other exhibits,” says Ken Lucas, commissioner of the Kentucky […]

Bellarmine marks Black History Month with series of events

For the next four weeks, Bellarmine University is hosting a series of free public events in February to celebrate Black History Month. The highlights kicks off with a guest lecture by Tony Bonta on the Catholic Church’s role in advocating for racial justice in the U.S, and a February 15 lecture on Trappist monk Thomas […]

Frazier Museum to celebrate Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Frazier International History Museum is partnering with Kentucky Opera and Fund for the Arts to host four separate events that will showcase their groups artistic talents while observing important people and moments. During each scheduled event, Kentucky Opera Studio Artists will perform “Oh Freedom!” and tour the rich […]

The HIV/AIDS numbers game in black America

Today marks the 22nd annual World AIDS Day, with this year’s focus on human rights as a means to prevent and treat the disease around the world. The day was created to raise international awareness, but a recent report released by the Center for Disease Control highlights that in the United States, the crisis is […]

Forum to discuss African-American goals in degrees initiative

A panel of civil rights and community leaders will host a forum to discuss how Louisville’s African-American community factors into the city’s 55,000 Degrees initiative. Later today the Urban Upgrade Educational forum will convene at St. Stephen Church to address the widening achievement gap and lack of educational attainment in the black community in relation […]

Two key judicial races will be recanvassed

Across Kentucky, different county clerk offices will be rechecking election results this Friday, including two hotly contested judicial races in Jefferson County that could have ramifications on the benches racial makeup. On Election Night, three of the four African-American judges in Jefferson County retained their seats and two of those races were decided by razor-thin […]

Mapping race in Louisville

Using data from the census, someone made a map of Louisville and southern Indiana broken down by race and ethnicity. It pretty much shows what we already know about our hyper-segregated housing patterns and racial divide in the city, but the visual provides a better understanding. Each dot represents 25 people and the colors represent […]

West End experiencing high foreclosure rates, says PVA

Hoping to bring attention to the city’s housing woes, Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer says that although Louisville has been fairly insulated from the national foreclosure crisis, the West End has a significant number of vulnerable properties. The property value administrator is responding to data found in the upcoming annual state of the […]