Discussions examine history, civil rights for women, African Americans

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville-Yearlings Club spring forum series will mark Black History Month and Women’s History Month with discussions about civil rights, equal justice and local election outcomes.

    The UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and engagement programs office is offering the free, public forums in partnership with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. The series, part of the Signature Partnership Initiative, seeks to bring faculty and the public together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds.

    The events run 4-6 p.m. on Sundays from September through April. The first 2019 forums are:

    Feb. 10 — “Black History Month Program: Civil Rights Leaders and Justice for All.” Bennie Ivory of Louisville, former Courier Journal executive editor and The Clarion-Ledger managing editor; Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine, and other panelists. The discussion will include an overview of the work of an Ivory-led investigative team in Mississippi that led to the re-indictment of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers 26 years earlier; De La Beckwith was convicted in 1994.

    March 10 – “Women’s History Month Program: Celebrating Newly Elected African American Women Leaders.” Panelists will include Shively Mayor Beverly Chester-Burton and Louisville Metro Council members Keisha Dorsey, Donna Purvis and Paula McCraney.

    The series also plans to make its Community Appreciation Awards April 11.

    Established in 1951, the Yearlings Club Inc. includes representatives from corporate, government and private organizations. The club is devoted to promoting civic responsibility, community service and leadership development.

    For more information, contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.