Yearlings Club Forum Series

The Forum Series is sponsored by the UofL College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean, Office for International, Diversity and Engagement Programs and The Yearlings Club, Inc.  This exciting partnership is a university Signature Partnership Initiative.There are many important issues addressed by this Series. Talented individuals share their expertise and help us discover solutions. But the most important voice is yours! Bring a family member, friend, or young person and join the conversation!

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Civil Rights Martyrs – The Search for Justice

The panel included Bennie Ivory, Writer and retired Courier Journal Editor, Honorable Tom Wine, Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney, and Lt. Emily McKinley, LMPD Homicide Unit. The panrl was moderated by Dr. Siobhan Smith-Jones, Professor Uof L Communications Department.

The presenters discussed the murder of one of the civil rights movement's most notable leaders, Medgar Evers, and the techniques used by law enforcement today to solve those crimes.

John Chenault, Assoc. Professor, Pan African Studies, Reference Department, Kornhauser Health Sciences LibraryDr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor, Department of Pan African Studies;  Dr. Baron Kelly, Associate Professor, Head of Acting, UofL Theatre Arts Dept. Kiki Petrosino, Associate Professor & Director of Creative Writing, English Dept.Johnny L. Jones, Assistant Professor, Director of AATP, UofL Theatre Arts Dept.

The Art of Protest Through Cultural Expression

Photo, left to right: John Chenault (moderator), Assoc. Professor, Pan African Studies, Reference Department, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor, Department of Pan African Studies;, Dr. Baron Kelly, Associate Professor, Head of Acting, UofL Theatre Arts Dept., Kiki Petrosino, Associate Professor & Director of Creative Writing, English Dept., Johnny L. Jones, Assistant Professor, Director of AATP, UofL Theatre Arts Dept.

Seated left to right: Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS Interim Superintendent, Mrs. Diane Porter, JCPS Board of Education; Dr. John Marshall, Chief Equity Officer, Robert Gunn, Principal, W. E. B. DuBois Academy; Camara Douglas, Doctoral Student – Dept. of Pan African Studies.

A Superintendent's Vision & Black Male Academies

Photo, left to right: Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS Interim Superintendent, Mrs. Diane Porter, JCPS Board of Education; Dr. John Marshall, Chief Equity Officer, Robert Gunn, Principal, W. E. B. DuBois Academy; Camara Douglas, Doctoral Student – Dept. of Pan African Studies.

Featured in photo from left to right is Vonwilt J. Macklin, First African American female basketball athlete to receive a scholarship from the University of Louisville; Mr. Wilbur Hackett, early black athlete recruited by the University of Kentucky; Dr. Ricky Jones, Chair, Pan African Studies department; Mr. Wilbur Hackett Sr.; Mr. Nate Northington, first African American recruited by the University of Kentucky; Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor; Mr. Wade Houston, first African American basketball player to receive a University of Louisville scholarship; Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, International, Diversity and Engagement Programs.

Important issues affecting the urban community in Louisville and communities across the region

Photo, left to right: Vonwilt J. Macklin, First African American female basketball athlete to receive a scholarship from the University of Louisville; Mr. Wilbur Hackett, early black athlete recruited by the University of Kentucky; Dr. Ricky Jones, Chair, Pan African Studies department; Mr. Wilbur Hackett Sr.; Mr. Nate Northington, first African American recruited by the University of Kentucky; Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor; Mr. Wade Houston, first African American basketball player to receive a University of Louisville scholarship; Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, International, Diversity and Engagement Programs.

Left to right: Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, A&S Associate DeanDr. Margaret D’Silva, Professor of Communications & Panel ModeratorDr. Kimberly Kemp-Leonard, Dean, College of Arts and SciencesDr. Priscilla McCutcheon, Assist. Professor of Pan African Studies and Geography;  Cassia Herron, Research Manager – UofL, Social Justice Consortium - Ann Braden Institute;   Theresa Zawacki, Senior Policy Advisor to Louisville ForwardJeff White, President, The Yearlings Club

Food Deserts: Causes, Consequences, Solutions

Pictured are audience members and representatives from local government participated in the two-hour event held at the Yearlings Club. Panel members addressed the issue and offered solutions to address the issue.

Photo, left to right: Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, A&S Associate Dean, Dr. Margaret D’Silva, Professor of Communications & Panel Moderator, Dr. Kimberly Kemp-Leonard, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon, Assist. Professor of Pan African Studies and Geography, Cassia Herron, Research Manager – UofL, Social Justice Consortium - Ann Braden Institute, Theresa Zawacki, Senior Policy Advisor to Louisville Forward, Jeff White, President, The Yearlings Club

“A&S Community Spirit Awards Program Salutes Community Leaders for their service”. Guests gathered for the A&S Community Spirit Awards Program, to salute honorees for their “spirit, dedication and service” to their community.  Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard presented the organization spirit award to The Yearlings Club, a civic organization, for their commitment and service to West Louisville.  Also honored were:Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Karina Barillas, Director of LaCasita, Minister Jerald Muhammad, and former Metro Councilman, David Tandy.  The event was held   April 27th at the Muhammad Ali Center.

2017 Community Spirit Award

The A&S Community Spirit Awards Program Saluted Community Leaders for their service. Guests gathered for the A&S Community Spirit Awards Program, to salute honorees for their "spirit, dedication and service" to their community. Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard presented the organization spirit award to The Yearlings Club, a civic organization, for their commitment and service to West Louisville. Also honored were:Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Karina Barillas, Director of LaCasita, Minister Jerald Muhammad, and former Metro Councilman, David Tandy. The event was held April 27th, 2017 at the Muhammad Ali Center.

From left to right, Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean, A&S, Office for International, Diversity and Engagement Programs; Kaila Adia Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's & Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Dr. Angelique Johnson, Co-Founder/CEO of MEMStim, LLC, Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Louisville Speed School; Yoolanda Williams, Program Manager – Regulatory and Compliance, GE Appliances; Dr. Aleeta Powe, Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry; Stacey Purifoy-Jones, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Louisville District, Reserve Support Team, Brenda Hart, Director of Student Affairs (retired), Speed Engineering School

2017 Annual Women's History Month Program

The event included a reception and panel discussion by "Hidden Figures", African American women engineers representing a business and government. Dr. Kaila Story moderated the event where guests learned about the sacrifices and inspiration that motivated each panel member to pursue a career in engineering.

Photo, left to right: Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean, A&S, Office for International, Diversity and Engagement Programs; Kaila Adia Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's & Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Dr. Angelique Johnson, Co-Founder/CEO of MEMStim, LLC, Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Louisville Speed School; Yoolanda Williams, Program Manager – Regulatory and Compliance, GE Appliances; Dr. Aleeta Powe, Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry; Stacey Purifoy-Jones, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Louisville District, Reserve Support Team, Brenda Hart, Director of Student Affairs (retired), Speed Engineering School

Featured in photo from left to right is Vonwilt J. Macklin, First African American female basketball athlete to receive a scholarship from the University of Louisville; Mr. Wilbur Hackett, early black athlete recruited by the University of Kentucky; Dr. Ricky Jones, Chair, Pan African Studies department; Mr. Wilbur Hackett Sr.; Mr. Nate Northington, first African American recruited by the University of Kentucky; Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor; Mr. Wade Houston, first African American basketball player to receive a University of Louisville scholarship; Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, International, Diversity and Engagement Programs.

2017 Black History Month: A Salute to African American Athletes

Photo, left to right: Vonwilt J. Macklin, First African American female basketball athlete to receive a scholarship from the University of Louisville; Mr. Wilbur Hackett, early black athlete recruited by the University of Kentucky; Dr. Ricky Jones, Chair, Pan African Studies department; Mr. Wilbur Hackett Sr.; Mr. Nate Northington, first African American recruited by the University of Kentucky; Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor; Mr. Wade Houston, first African American basketball player to receive a University of Louisville scholarship; Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, International, Diversity and Engagement Programs.

Mayor Greg Fischer shared his vision for the community and discussed his plans to address issues affecting West Louisville. Mayor Fischer was joined by Guest Interviewer, Dr. Nat Irvin, II, DMA, Professor of Management, University of Louisville School of Business. The Forum Series brought university faculty, community leaders and the African American community together to discuss important issues.

2016 Fireside Chat with Mayor Greg Fischer

Mayor Greg Fischer shared his vision for the community and discussed his plans to address issues affecting West Louisville. Mayor Fischer was joined by Guest Interviewer, Dr. Nat Irvin, II, DMA, Professor of Management, University of Louisville School of Business. The Forum Series brought university faculty, community leaders and the African American community together to discuss important issues.

See photos from the event on Flickr