UofL Project Progress spring events reflect on 1964 civil rights movement


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Several lectures and the 41st Black Family Conference featuring civil rights activists John Lewis and Al Sharpton highlight Project Progress activities this semester at the University of Louisville.

    Sponsored by the Department of Pan-African Studies and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, the five-year Project Progress initiative focuses on the activities and the aftermath of the “heroic period” of the American civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycotts of 1963 through the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

    Project Progress spring events include:

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.