UofL marks Black History Month with music, dance, speakers, video Activist Blair Imani will be the keynote speaker at Feb. 1 celebration


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville will mark Black History Month with several public programs. All events are free unless otherwise noted.


    • Feb. 1 – a black history celebration and keynote address by Blair Imani, an activist for black, Muslim and femme communities and executive director of Equality for HER. The 6 p.m. program in Strickler Hall’s auditorium begins with music by UofL’s Black Diamond Choir followed by more music, dances and comments from students and community members around the theme of “Carrying the Torch.”


    • Feb. 9 – Star Parker, founder/president of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Urban Renewal and Education, will give a public talk on federal regulations and entrepreneurs. The 4:30 p.m. program will be held in the PNC Horn Auditorium, Harry Frazier Hall, in the College of Business and is sponsored by the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise. 


    • Feb. 2-6 and 9-12 – “Baltimore,” a play by Kirsten Greenidge directed by Theatre Arts Department Chair and Professor Nefertiti Burton. Performed by students in the African American Theatre Program, the play examines the implications and aftermath of a racially charged incident on a college campus. Performances are Feb. 2-6 and Feb. 9-12 (no performances Feb. 7-8) at 8 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St. Admission is $8-$15.


    • Feb. 13 – Composer and conductor Quincy Hilliard performs with the University Symphonic Band and Noe Middle School Band as part of an African American Music Heritage Institute event, 7 p.m., School of Music, Comstock Hall. General admission is $10 and $5 for students. It is free for UofL students.


    • Feb. 17-26 – “Empowerment: Making and Shaping History,” a new series at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium that explores themes in social justice. Shows are 6 p.m. Feb. 17, 18 and 24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26.


    • Feb. 19 – “A Salute to African American Athletes: Trailblazers Who Broke Color Barriers in College Sports” will be the UofL/Yearlings Club’s Black History Month program, 4-6 p.m., Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway.



    UofL also offers free online guides to two Louisville civil rights tours: a self-guided tour of Louisville civil rights history, compiled by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, and a trail tour of downtown markers noting civil rights demonstration spots near businesses that refused to serve African Americans. The College of Arts and Sciences developed both tours with community partners. For the marker tour, contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu or check the Louisville Visitor Center; for the civil rights history tour, contact Dionne Griffiths at 502-852-6142 or dcgrif02@louisville.edu.