Muhammad Ali Institute Partners with the Anne Braden Institute to Curate an inaugural Civil Rights and Immigrant Heritage Tour

Define American is a nonprofit media and cultural organization that humanizes conversation on immigration and fights anti-immigrant hate through storytelling. It invites activists, students, new Americans, religious leaders, and media makers to come together to fight for a more accurate media representation of their communities.

From October 10th to 13th, Define American hosted it’s inaugural summit here in Louisville, KY. To prepare for this first national gathering of Define American, the University of Louisville student chapter of Define American and several UofL faculty and staff members served on the host committee. A few of these individuals included:  Tamara Russell, Jessy Rosenberg, Isai Sanchez, Sarah Nunez, Marcos Morales, and Ashleigh Hazley, Assistant Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute.

The 2019 Define American Summit kicked off with an opening reception held at the Muhammad Ali Center. It included a tour of the Center, words from Mayor Greg Fisher, and performances by Cardinal Bhangra dance group and Alexis Torres Machado.

Friday and Saturday included panel discussions and workshops which provided learning on many varying topics such as Mental Health and Self-Care workshop and Leadership and Organizational Workshops. On Saturday, participants were able to explore the city of Louisville, by visiting Smoketown to attend the Imagine 2020 Mural Festival, and taking a Civil Rights and Immigrant Heritage Tour. Using material from UofL’s Anne Braden Institute  combined with material from UofL’s Muhammad Ali Institute, the first Civil Rights and Immigrant Heritage Tour was created. On Sunday a breakfast was held, followed by a closing panel discussion to discuss next steps. 

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