June 18, 2014 - 12:14pm
Comedy icon and controversial civil rights activist Dick Gregory comes to town for a rare live performance.
Dick Gregory has spent the last fifty years as one of the most well respected, and equally controversial, comedians in the pop-culture lexicon. He has shattered glass ceilings, broken barrier
July 6, 2012 - 1:10pm
The National Constitution Center recently announced that Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali will be the recipient of the 2012 Liberty Medal.
The National Constitution Center, a non-profit Philadelphia museum and organization “devoted to the U.S. Constitution and its legacy of freedom,” is presenting a series of special programs to celebrate the upcoming 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. In order to...
January 16, 2012 - 5:22pm
The March on Frankfort was a pretty good show. I got to shake Dr. King’s hand, and he gave a truncated version of his famous “I have a dream” speech to the crowd. We all sang, “We Shall Overcome,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Up on the hill, however, the Kentucky legislature remained unconvinced.”
During my college days, many of my friends became involved, to one degree or another, with the civil rights movement. Here in Louisville, I had grown to adulthood in segregated schools, went to segregated movies and libraries, and played in segregated parks. But a wave of change was...
October 6, 2011 - 8:23pm
Norb was a grassroots political organizer, par excellence. He knew more about the down-and-dirty art of precinct politics than anyone I ever met.
Louisville civil-rights pioneer Norbert L. Blume died yesterday, at 89. At a time when the Kentucky Democratic Party stood for segregation and racial discrimination, Blume, as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, led his party and the Commonwealth into the sunlight of justice and...
June 8, 2011 - 3:50pm
Louisville's Health Department wants you to be afraid of second-hand smoke, so it makes up lies to convince you.
Louisville’s Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMDPHAW) is still peddling its favorite brand of junk science, and has posted a colorful brochure on its website, warning of the imagined dangers of second-hand smoke (called ETS, for Environmental Tobacco Smoke). Some of the...