Schedule of Events

Project Progress 1965-2015:

Exploring the Continuing Transformation of Black America

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pre-conference event: A.C.E.S. KY Black & Latino Student Symposium

Note: This event is included in the registration for all Black Family Conference attendees.

African American Networking Group Mixer & Conference Opening
“Freedom Seekers: The Early Lives of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass” Art Exhibition featuring University of Louisville Professor Mark Priest.

Cressman Center100 E Main StreetLouisville, Ky 40202

Friday, February 27, 2015

Continental Breakfast

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

9:15am-10:30amOpening Panel


10:30am-11:45amConcurrent Workshops

What is a “Family”? The dynamic change from 1965-2015Debra Wells – Manager, Inclusion and Diversity  - Hancock Room

This discussion is about the emerging family.  How is it structured? What challenges are present in the workplace? How does the ‘face’ of the neighborhood change? What about family traditions?

With Pew Research, the census and current popular publications, specifically looking at changes that have occurred in the family since 1965 with a look at longer term implications especially with an eye toward multi-generational homes and the effect this has on health and wellness as well as economic empowerment.


Making Fatherhood NormalShawn Gardner – President/CEO 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. – Perry Room

In providing services to families, the importance of fathers is often understated and overlooked. This presentation addresses the need to engage fathers related to the safety and well-being of children.  It will also paint the picture of what a father normal society would look like and how it would provide children with the tools to have a brighter future.” Understanding Dads (Hint – They’re Different from Moms)


Education, Religion, and Economic Empowerment from 1965-2015Dr. Willie Kimmons – Madison Room

This presentation will address the struggles that African Americans endured and overcame to address the issues of racism with religion and education in this country.  Strategies and suggestions on how not to let history repeat itself will be explored.  There have been two main ingredients that sustained us as a race of people, education and religion.  Even though we were forced to build our own churches, public schools and colleges, African Americans endured against the odds and prevailed by building some of the most solid religious and educational structures in this country.

Lunch on your own

1:45pm-3:00pmConcurrent Workshops

Dismantling the Voting Rights Act of 1965Dr. Dewey Clayton - University of Louisville – Hancock Room

Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to end racial discrimination in voting.  In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged that the Voting Rights Act “employed extraordinary measures to address extraordinary problems.”  These extraordinary problems were largely the racial discrimination that Congress determined existed in certain areas of the country in 1965.  To that end, Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act established the formula for deciding what areas of the country should be covered jurisdictions.

Responding to the transforming Black American Family
Dr. Armon Perry – University of Louisville – Madison Room

The Black family has changed significantly since the start of the Civil Rights era when 75% of all childbearing couples were married. Currently, only one third of all Black adults are married and some researchers estimate at 80% of all Black children will spend some portion of their childhood living away from their father. Moreover, increasing rates of multiple partner fertility mean that marriage promotion programs and policy can at best, have limited impact. In response, the purpose of this presentation is to offer insights into research findings related to multiple partner fertility, its implications for human and social service programs, and strategies to support these families in an effective, yet non-judgmental manner.


“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Police Killing of Young Black Males: Implications for Social Work and Human Services
Dr. Sharon E. Moore & Mr. Daniel Boamah  - University of Louisville – Perry Room

Police shootings of young Black males that ultimately results in their death has become an all too common occurrence in this country. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner have highlighted police relations with this population. Before viable solutions can be established there are a number of areas that need to be addressed that relate to the historical context in which police relations with this group exist that impact current police relations with this population, why the lives of young Black males are seemingly given less value by society than their white counterparts, the role that spirituality and religiosity play in the lives of young Black males that may help to make connections between them and the police and the benefit of the Black church in fostering amicable police relations with young Black males. The presenters address these issues and conclude with recommendations for how the professions of social work and human services, the Black church and police can be responsive and proactive to this social problem.

3:00pm- 3:15pm

Concurrent Workshops

Using a Social Justice Framework to Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline
Dr. Bret D. Cormier & Kimberly K. Kincaid – Kentucky State University – Madison Room

We examined the practices, beliefs, and attitudes among teachers in order to identify factors that led to success for non-dominant group students. We found a unique paradigm among educators whose students of color and/or poverty showed no achievement gap. Rather than coming from a deficit perspective or expecting assimilation, their outlook and approach positioned non-dominant group students as different rather deficient.


All My Children: Black Families Protecting LGBTQ Youth
Geneva Musgrave - Diversity and Inclusion Program Educator at Lambda Legal   Perry Room

Black families at the core of radical action. A conversation about family acceptance and learning how to safeguard Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer youth from system involvement and social injustices.


A Comparative Analysis of Progress Made by African Americans During The Periods 1865 - 1915 and 1965 - 2015."
Lavern Williams – Hancock Room

When Reconstruction began in the southern states schools were rebuilt.  As a result of insufficient funds white children, white parents, Black children and Black parents had to go to school together.  In some classrooms Black people excelled more rapidly than their white counterpart.  This resulted in white people establishing separate but unequal school systems which continued even after 1915.  As a result of the 1954 Brown decision desegregation has been in existence during the period 1965 to 2015.  However money for education is still distributed based on race and economics and there are few built-in stabilizers for guaranteeing quality education for African Americans. During the period 1965 to 2015 Black colleges have lost some of the top Black academic students and top Black athletes to white colleges.  At the same time Black athletes are bringing millions of dollars into white institutions while their own institutions suffer economically.


Conference Banquet featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux


Saturday, February 28, 2015


10:00 am-11:45 am
Concurrent Workshops

Activism in Education: The Story of Kentucky's Rosenwald Schools
LeDatta Grimes – Doctoral Student University of Kentucky - Madison Room

Rosenwald Schools were a distinct body of schools built both for and by rural southern blacks in the early twentieth century. "Activism in Education: The Story of Kentucky's Rosenwald Schools" explores how Black Kentuckians funded, built and maintained one hundred fifty-eight Rosenwald Schools during the Jim Crow era. By 1965, desegregation shuttered most Rosenwald Schools. However, the schools now enjoy renewed interests as southern black communities work to save, restore and ultimately dedicate these historic structures back to their communities.

My work revisits the schools’ history and explores what can be learned from blacks’, early twentieth century quest for education.

Women of Color: 50 years of Combatting Misrepresentations & Misconceptions

Imani Beard, Angelica Bullock, & Tish Norman - UofL Doctoral Students – Perry Room

This panel plans to explore the historical and contemporary ways in which race and gender play a role in the lives of women of color by examining how education, social interactions, stereotypes and characteristics relate to their social and racial outcomes.  Drawing from archival accounts and research from the mid to early twentieth century, we will discuss the ways in which racial stereotypes played and continue to play a role in the lives of Afro-Latin and African-American women, as well as examining this topic through the lens of members of the first Black sorority.

Continuing the Struggle: Investigating Healthy Eating Habits Among Black Kentuckians
Dr. Latrice Best and Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley – Elliot Room (Panel Discussion)

11:45 am-12:00 pm Break

12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Closing Luncheon featuring Lasana Hotep