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Dr. Blaine Hudson, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Pan-African Studies
Dr. Blaine Hudson
Those who do not know themselves cannot value themselves - and those who are not known by others cannot be valued by others.

Dr. Blaine Hudson, 1991

Today, a Black person can pass through life without ever learning about his/her history and culture; and Whites and others can pass their entire lives without learning about the history of their Black fellow citizens.

But where might this knowledge be found? In schools and colleges that don’t teach Black history? In the church? On television? In the movies? On the street?

At The Saturday Academy we can learn together!

About The Saturday Academy

The Saturday Academy is a community outreach initiative of the College of Arts & Sciences (University of Louisville) in collaboration with the Jefferson County Public Schools, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, the Kentucky African American Heritage Foundation, the Louisville Urban League and the University of Louisville Signature Partnership Initiative.Saturday Academy Art

The Past

The Saturday Academy was developed in 1990 as a community-based cultural enrichment program focusing on African World history and culture. The Academy targeted adults no longer “in school” and complemented the newly devised Jefferson County Public School's “African American Studies” course and the work of the Pan-African Studies Institute for Teachers at the University of Louisville. It ran from 1991 through 2002.

The Present

The Saturday Academy re-opened in February 2006 and meets regularly on Saturdays from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the DuValle Education Center during the school year. Special sessions are held on other days or at other sites throughout the community by request. The annual Saturday Academy Sistah Summit held in March evolved from community requests for a forum to address issues of interest to women. Sessions for youth are periodically offered to provide community youth exposure to UoL college students as role models inspired by Black history. 

Each Saturday the Academy offers a new and interesting program:

  • Black History lectures on "Black Louisville" will be taught by Dr. Blaine Hudson from 11:00am-12:30p.
  • The Seminar is followed by presentations on a broad range of topics, featuring guest presenters from 12:45pm to 2:00pm. The participants and presenters are diverse.

The Future

Our goal is to “grow” the Saturday Academy into a permanent community-based Institute for the Study and Preservation of African World History and Culture. Your presence on Saturdays helps demonstrates the need and interest and will help make this a reality.

In an era where perspectives on history are omitted, misrepresented or revised, the Saturday Academy serves as an enlightening alternative.  Join us as we celebrate our 20th year of community outreach programming.

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