UofL to celebrate Black History Month with several events


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville will host several February events in celebration of Black History Month:

    Law School Health Equity Issues Forum – Feb. 5, noon, Cox Lounge, School of Law

    Admission is free and open to the public. Adewale Troutman, director, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, will discuss health equity issues, including the lack of equal access to healthy, affordable food in certain areas of Louisville. Cathy Hinko, director, Metropolitan Housing Coalition, and Lauri Andress, director, Center for Health Equity, will join him as panelists. The Black Law Students Association and the Diversity Committee are sponsoring the talk.

    African American Music Heritage Institute: The Sound of Black Music – March 6, 8:30 p.m., Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music

    General admission to the concert is $5. Admission is free for children 10 and under and UofL students. Gary Hines and Billy Steele, musical directors of the Grammy award-winning group, Sounds of Blackness, will be the featured guests. They will lead UofL’s Black Diamond Choir in a rare campus appearance. The public also may attend Hines and Steele’s UofL African American music classes Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    Kentucky Women’s Book Festival – Feb. 16, 9 a.m-5 p.m., sessions at Ekstrom Library; lunch at University Club

    Sessions are free with the exception of the luncheon talk, which is $25. Registration is required at www.kwbf.info/luncheon.html. Kentucky women writers and their readers will come together for the day. Highlights will include talks by Affrolachian writer Crystal Wilkinson and Courier-Journal columnist Betty Winston Baye. The festival luncheon features best selling novelist Kim Edwards, author of “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.” For more information, visit louisville.edu/womenscenter.

    Blueprint for Change on Campus and in the Community – Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

    Kaila Story, Audre Lorde chair in race, class, gender and sexuality, College of Arts and Sciences; Nat Irvin, Woodrow M. Strickler chair, College of Business; Dan Hall, vice president for external affairs; Mitchell Payne, associate vice president for business affairs; and student speakers from Association of Black Students and the Society of Porter Scholars, will speak. The talk and following lobby reception are sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association. For more information, contact Black Faculty and Staff Association President Irving Joshua at 502-852-5371.

    Student-Veterans Appreciation Program – Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Minority Affairs Building

    The ceremony is free and open to the public with paid parking available in the Floyd Street parking garage across from Cardinal Park. Master Sgt. Kimberly Rockett, U.S. Army Recruiting Command equal opportunity advisor, Fort Knox, Ky., will speak. This program is to recognize and show appreciation to the university’s African American and minority student-veterans for military service and contributions to the university community. For more information, call Phyllis Webb at 502-852-0229 or 502-852-6656.

    All events are on Belknap Campus.

    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.