J. Blaine Hudson Saturday Academy resumes Jan. 25


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The J. Blaine Hudson Saturday Academy, a revamped University of Louisville-sponsored community enrichment program, will resume its programming this month with a Jan. 25 look at the evolution of black politics since 1964.

    The free, public discussion of “Post-Civil Rights, Post-Race, Post-Struggle: American Political Progress and the Black Community” will begin at 11 a.m. at the DuValle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., in western Louisville.

    Ricky Jones, Pan-African studies department chair, will facilitate discussion by Phillip Bailey, WFPL political editor and “Noise & Notes” host; Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Metro’s community building chief; and Roger Wilson, Jefferson County Clerk’s Office’s legal records director.

    The program was renamed last year to honor former UofL Dean James Blaine Hudson, a longtime history and Pan-African studies faculty member and Saturday Academy leader who died Jan. 5, 2013. The program’s sessions on black history, culture and issues are geared to high school students and adults.

    Other J. Blaine Hudson Saturday Academy sessions will be Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26. UofL’s Pan-African studies department manages the program in partnership with community organizations. The monthly sessions are part of Project Progress, a new UofL initiative examining the last five years of the U.S. civil rights movement (1963-1968); the Pan-African studies department coordinates that initiative with UofL’s Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs.

    The DuValle Education Center is in the Park DuValle community, north of Algonquin Parkway at 35th Street. Parking is in the lot behind the center, and guests should enter through the center’s back middle door.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.