Saturday Academy opens with sessions on 1960s unrest, 2009 arrest


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The free Saturday Academy community program will have two free, public special sessions Sept. 8 and Sept. 12 to kick off its year of weekly enrichment classes in western Louisville.

    —Sept. 8, “Revolution and Evolution,” 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Blaine Hudson, dean of the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences, will celebrate his 60th birthday with a ’60s retrospective. Courier-Journal columnist Betty Baye and activist Carla Wallace will moderate a panel in which Hudson and others discuss their civil rights movement experiences, lessons learned and the movement’s current relevance.

    —Sept. 12, “The Gates Incident Revisited: The Continuing Significance of Race in the Age of Obama,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Panelists discussing “Law Enforcement, Officer Education and Race” (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) will be Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White and UofL justice administration department chair Deborah Keeling.

    Then the Sept. 12 talk, led by Kentucky Jobs With Justice coordinator Attica Scott, will turn to “The Continuing Significance of Race in the Age of Obama” (12:45 p.m.–2 p.m.). Panelists will be from UofL’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in Black Communities and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission.

    Those groups, along with UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Louisville Urban League, Metropolitan Housing Coalition and Suzy Post, are also co-sponsors.

    Both events will be at the regular site for the Saturday Academy weekly enrichment classes on black history, issues and culture – DuValle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., in the Park DuValle community of western Louisville.

    The regular Saturday Academy school-year schedule resumes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 3 through May 22, 2010. Speakers include UofL faculty and community representatives. Besides UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences and Signature Partnership Initiative, sponsors include Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 5th District Council Member Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the Louisville Urban League.

    For more information, contact Marian Vasser at 502-852-2252 or or Bani Hines-Hudson at

    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.