Shelbyville program examines elections’ impact on black Americans


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A March 5 discussion in Shelbyville will examine the recent elections’ effects – from the statehouse to the White House — on black Americans.

    The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences is partnering with the Shelbyville NAACP chapter on the free, public panel about “The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Black America: What Happened and Why?”

    The Sunday event at Clay Street Baptist Church, 1940 Midland Trail, will open with 1:30 p.m. registration and run 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

    Speakers will talk about the election results, key issues of importance to minorities and ways to bridge cultural divides.

    Invited panelists include: NAACP state chapter and Louisville leader Raoul Cunningham; Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal; UofL Pan-African studies chair Ricky Jones; retired Western Kentucky University student affairs vice president Howard Bailey; retired pilot and entrepreneur Rhynia Weaver; and Betty Griffin, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Kentucky advisory committee.

    A similar discussion was offered in Louisville last fall during a regular monthly series organized by the College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and engagement programs office in partnership with the Yearlings Club, a Louisville civic organization.

    For more information, contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or or email



    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.