UofL conference on the black family heading into 44th year


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America is celebrating its 44th year as it convenes Feb. 24-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2735 Crittenden Drive.

    The keynote speaker Feb. 24 is award-winning author, Georgetown University professor and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson is the author of the new best-seller “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” and 2016’s “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,” among others.

    Closing the conference Feb. 25 will be Ricky Jones, chair of UofL’s Pan-African Studies department, who will speak on the topic “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Back to the Basics: Strengthening the Family and Community.”

    McMillan, a UofL administrator for 30 years and a community activist, founded the conference, which was renamed in his honor in 2010.

    For more information, visit http://louisville.edu/culturalcenter/bfc/schedule-of-events or contact Betty Winston Baye, 502-608-7497, or bbaye2482@gmail.com.



    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.