New Healing History Academy seeks participants


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There’s more to Louisville and U.S. history than is learned from textbooks. A University of Louisville institute is putting together a 25-member community group called the Healing History Academy to delve into local racial and social justice history and to share its knowledge across Metro Louisville.

    UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research is looking for adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds and Jefferson County neighborhoods to become the Healing History Academy. The group will meet monthly for dinner in various locations from August through February 2012 to learn from local educators, artists, performers, historians and community advocates about the continued meaning and work of justice movements. Each month also will feature a second, optional learning session which might include a tour, book discussion, film showing, exhibit or hands-on activities.

    Academy participants commit to take what is learned and turn it into an activity in their neighborhood or workplace in early 2012. Possible activities include creating a history exhibit for a local library branch and hosting a community conversation about a current issue.

    Applications are due July 1 to participate in the Healing History Academy. To download an application, check or call 502-852-6142.

    The academy is a project of the Anne Braden Institute in consultation with Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission and is part of a citywide, two-year initiative. This project is funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s America Healing: A Racial Equity Initiative.

    The initiative includes the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity; Office for International, Diversity and Outreach Programs at UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences; Jefferson County Race, Community and Child Welfare Initiative; and Women in Transition.

    For more information, contact Amber Duke at 502-852-6142 or

    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.