7:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Strange Fruit: Journalist Chris Tomlinson Explores His Family’s Relationship with Slavery

There are black people in town who have the same last name as me, and I never thought about why that might be. 

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Local News
11:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

'We Still Have a Racial Divide in Our Country,' Pastor Says at Ferguson Vigil in Louisville

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Chad Golden grew up near 41st Street in west Louisville. He said he's not a trouble-maker or criminal, but he's had more than a few run-ins with police. And he says they weren't pleasant.

“Even as kids we are harassed by the police," he said. " So, the best word I can think to describe it is ‘frustrating.’ It’s almost like there is nothing you can really do about it.  You feel almost helpless.”

Golden's message was echoed by others at a silent vigil Thursday evening on the steps of Louisville’s Metro Hall in honor of a young man shot by police in Missouri.

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4:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Council Democrat Criticizes Dan Johnson’s Hiring of Bryan Mathews

Dan Johnson
Credit Louisville Metro Council

A Louisville Metro Councilman is criticizing his Democratic colleague  Dan Johnson’s hiring of a legislative aide who was fired from a previous job for allegedly using racial slurs.

The controversy may inject race back into the discussion for the Council Democratic majority, which grappled with issue in the beginning of the year during leadership elections.

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6:42 am
Mon February 24, 2014

At Louisville Republican Gathering, Rand Paul Talks Inclusiveness With Minorities

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he wants the Republican Party to become more inclusive toward minorities and the poor.

He spoke Friday before a gathering of state Republicans in downtown Louisville. Paul—who just a few years ago voiced his displeasure with the 1964 Civil Rights Act—said the GOP needs to change is collective voice.  

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Local News
6:29 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Louisville Panel on Institutional Racism Will Meet Saturday

The Louisville Department of Health and Wellness is beginning a long-term project to address institutional racism.

The department's Center for Health Equity has gathered 100 people from across the city to study past and present incidents of racism and how they affect residents.

"In any area of transportation, or education, or housing, there's an opportunity for us to address structural and institutional racism," says Community Health Specialist T. Gonzales.

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Strange Fruit
12:12 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Strange Fruit: Interracial Friendship in America, or, "Some of My Best Friends..."

How multi-racial is your circle of friends? Are any of your close friends of a different race than yours? Not the lady who works down the hall from your office or the dad you chat with while waiting for your kid to get out of school. Someone who's been to your house or invited you over for dinner.

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger

In today's Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger will have a chance to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since 1902. African-American jockeys were dominant in the Derby's formative years. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner.

One of the most legendary African-American jockeys was Isaac Murphy. Murphy rode to victory in three Kentucky Derby races and is considered one of the best jockeys of all time. Murphy is the subject of a collection of poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Southern Baptists Elect First Black President

The Southern Baptist Convention has elected Fred Luter as its new president, making Luter the first African-American to lead the 167-year-old denomination.

From the AP:

The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was elected president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday at its annual meeting. He is the pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

The historic move comes as the denomination tries to expand its appeal beyond its traditional white Southern base. Membership and baptisms have been generally declining in recent years.

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