LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The city’s annual observance of Take Back the Night will feature a march, candlelight vigil, music, speakers and interpretive dance at the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus Sept. 24.

    The purpose of the event is to bring together and inform supporters, activists and community leaders in an effort to prevent violence against women.

    Take Back the Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside U of L’s Red Barn with music provided by Marea Stamper of WLCV Radio, a self-defense demonstration by the university’s Department of Public Safety and a community agency information fair.

    At 7 p.m., Al Herring, assistant vice president for student life at U of L, will introduce the Michael Thomas dance and drama team. Joni Jenkins, former director of the PEACC program, will speak at 7:15 p.m.

    A candlelight vigil and campus-wide march will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the West Plaza of the Swain Student Activities Center near the Red Barn. When marchers return to the Red Barn at 8:15 p.m., Estella Conwill Majozo, a poet in U of L’s English department, will lead a “speakout” session.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, was organized by the U of L Student Activities Board, Women’s Center, PEACC program and Take Back the Night Alliance.