Yearlings Club Forum Series

The Yearlings Club Forum Series is sponsored in partnership with The Yearlings Club, Inc. and the UofL, A&S Office of the Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Many important issues facing our society will be addressed by this series as we invite social experts to share their knowledge and help us discover solutions.

For additional information, contact Clest Lanier, (502)852-3042, .

African American Perspectives: A Nation Divided

African American Perspectives: A Nation Divided

The year 2020 revealed to some and reminded others that America is truly a nation divided. Our Yearlings Club panel offered their perspectives on current issues, historical events leading up to those issues and offers solutions to address problems affecting black communities throughout the country.

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2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Program

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Program

Sunday, January 17, 2021 - With new leadership in the White House and Senate, 2021 will provide a glimpse of what the future holds for the United States. With a newly elected President and Vice President (the first African, Asian-American woman) sworn in on January 20, 2021 after months of turmoil, the country is poised to address the important issues facing the country. Congressman John Yarmuth and Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Associate Dean, Diversity, Engagement, Culture and Climate discussed the priorities of the new congress.

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Remembering 2020

Remembering 2020

December, 2020 - The Pandemic, Marching for Social Justice, and the Presidential Election that elected the first African American Woman Vice President! Where do we go from here?

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".... And Justice for All in the Courts?"

".... And Justice for All in the Courts?"

November 2020 - The history of racial disparities in the criminal justice system in the U.S. have been longstanding. From bias in juries to sentencing recommendations the time has come to bring this important issue to the forefront.

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Race & Policing: An Unfinished Conversation

Race & Policing: An Unfinished Conversation

October, 2020 - Breonna Taylor's tragic death by Louisville Metro policemen and the delayed investigation brought to light the role collective bargaining has in protecting police departments around the country. Police union contracts protect the rights of officers and shields them from accountability while the rights of citizens are not protected.

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Targeting Health Disparities in the Minority Community

Targeting Health Disparities in the Minority Community

September, 2020 - The pandemic has revealed the striking socioeconomic and healthcare inequities in the U.S. that disproportionately impact African Americans and underserved minority communities. Underlying chronic medical conditions like diabetes and lung disease may exacerbate the symptoms of COVID-19 and generally lead to worse patient outcomes. Because minorities have historically high rates of chronic conditions, these populations are at a particular risk of being severely impacted by the pandemic.

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Black Student Unions

Black Student Unions

Representatives from university and JCPS high school Black Student Unions will discussed their organization's history and shared their views on the progress their institutions have made in addressing the needs of black students. Two UofL 1960s-70s Black Student Union Representitives were present: Honorable Gerald Neal, Kentucky State Senator and Laura M. Douglas, Esquire, Retired Executive.

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2020: A Dream and a Vision

2020: A Dream and a Vision

The African American Theatre Program and the Yearlings Club co-sponsored this year's MLK Day Celebration. The guest speaker was Kellie Watson, Esq. Chief Equity Officer, Louisville Metro Government.

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Climate Change Effect: Urban Heat Islands & West Louisville

Climate Change Effect: Urban Heat Islands & West Louisville

Climate change is affecting the American people in far-reaching ways. Impacts related to climate change are evident across regions and in many sectors important to society—such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, ecosystems, and other.

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