Schedule of Events

Project Progress (1963-1968) 
50 years of Progress and Struggle:
Where Do We Go From Here?


Thursday, March 6, 2014

6:00pm-8:00pm African-American Networking Group Mixer & Welcome to  the Conference Program
Twin Spire Room
Sponsored by the US Army & New York Life


Friday, March 7, 2014

Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks
Betty Baye, Chair
Tierney Bates, University of Louisville Cultural Center Director

Commemorating 50 Years: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Featured Speakers: Dr. Dewey Clayton, Dr. Faye Jones,Trish Blair & Vickie Bridgeman


10:30am-11:45amConcurrent Workshops

  • The Development of White Identity in the United States: The Historical Construction of Race 1607-1952Facilitator: Dr. Michael Washington

The concepts of race, culture, and ethnicity are often used interchangeably.  Yet, social scientists are quick to point out that race differs from the other two in that it was socially constructed to produce superior and inferior racial groups.  The purpose of my workshop/presentation is to trace the historical development of white identity through the colonial period and how it became important legislation in the new republic lasting until 1952.

  • Athletic Racism and Brown v. Board of EducationFacilitator: Marvin Williams

Within 50 years after slavery was abolished Black people had made economic progress. Sometimes Black progress surpassed white progress. What were the penalties for Black progress and how Black people can overcome.

  • 10 Beliefs that Are Strong in the African-American CommunityFaciliator: New York Life representatives

This workshop will address the socio-economic and misguided information on black wealth.

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch on your own

1:45pm-3:00pmConcurrent Workshops

  • Breaking the Generational Curse: Being a First-Generation College StudentFacilitator:Tamara Allen

Exploring the generational and resource hindrances individuals that come from families with no educational background endure and solutions to counteract these obstacles

  • Leaving legacies: African American men discuss the impact of their fathers on the development of their paternal identitiesFacilitators: Dr. Armon Perry & Susan Nicole Lewis MSSW, CSW, Doctoral Student

This presentation features a qualitative study of black men using their relationships with their own fathers to leave a legacy of engaged.

  • The Impact that Education and Religion Played in the Plight of African Americans in Gaining Economic EmpowermentFacilitator: Dr. Wilie J. Greer Kimmons

We will discuss the struggles that African Americans endured and overcame to address the issues of racism with religion and education in this country.


3:00pm- 3:15pm Break

Concurrent Workshops

  • Investing in a Path to Prosperity for West Louisville with the Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows
    Facilitator: Cynthia Knapek

Bingham Fellows was created to provide experienced leaders with the opportunity work on critical issues to move our community forward. Come share your ideas on this important community issue with this year's Fellows.

  • Child Sexual Abuse and the Black Church: Intervention and Implications for Healthy Child DevelopmentFacilitator: Dr. Sharon E. Moore

Many social institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse among which is the Black church. The presenters will discuss the role of the Black church, and make recommendations for prevention and intervention of this social problem.

  • Education Through Collective Voices: Dissertations Reflecting Contemporary Issues that impact the Black Community and Career SelectionFacilitators: Dr. Ritta Abell, Dr. Rana Johnson, Dr. Wardell Johnson, Dr. Randall Swain                    

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Mandela
    Presenters will summarize their dissertation, by discussing the impact their research had on career selection, and empowerment of the Black community.



Conference Banquet featuring Rev. Al Sharpton, Journalist and Author



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Concurrent Workshops

  • Soul Healing IV: Sisterhood and Healthy RelationshipsFacilitator: Dr.Desiree Stepteau- Watson & Angela Ellison. MS. Ed

This workshop will be an open discussion on the factors that contribute to unhealthy relationships experienced by African American women. We will explore healthy and unhealthy relationship with each as AA women as well relationships with our partners/and or significant others.

  • Where and When I Enter: Black Women, Concert Dance and Self-DeterminationFacilitator: Dionne Griffiths

In my research paper, I analyze race, class and gender in the careers of black women in dance and how they challenged stereotypes.


Closing Luncheon: "From Civil Rights Leaders to the New Generation Leaders"
Lunch Keynote: Joyce Ladner; Passing the Torch