GLI partners with Junior Achievement for pilot entrepreneurship program Wednesday, Jan 28 2015
55,000 Degrees infographic: Stay in school, earn more money Tuesday, Jan 27 2015
New JCPS ‘teacherpreneur’ position aimed at district-wide collaboration and innovation Tuesday, Jan 27 2015
See Larry Muhammad’s “Double V” at Ali Center Feb. 4 Sunday, Jan 25 2015
It was “the good war.”
That’s how America portrayed its involvement in World War II: a righteous struggle of freedom against tyranny.
But America in the 1940s had legal restrictions denying its black citizens the vote, and segregated them in rundown neighborhoods, poor schools and low-paying jobs. Black GIs were assigned to building roads and waiting tables at officers clubs. Military hospitals kept black blood separate from white, and white officers treated Nazi prisoners more respectfully than they did black servicemen wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam.
Crusading African-American newspapers exposed these hateful contradictions with their Double V campaign – victory against Hitler overseas and victory against racism at home. They were harassed by the FBI, lost advertisers and got hate mail from bigots. But led by Louisville Defender publisher Frank Stanley, they helped persuade President Harry Truman to integrate the US military.
February 4 at 6 pm a talented ensemble of Louisville actors will perform a riveting docudrama of the period, “DOUBLE V”, in a Black History Month presentation of the Filson Historical Society and Muhammad Ali Center. The play will be preceded by a setup talk from playwright and director Larry Muhammad, a former Courier-Journal reporter who has written about the historical Black Press USA in Columba Journalism Review and Nieman Reports at The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
WHEN: Feb. 4 at 6 pm
WHERE: Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., Louisville
TICKETS: $10 at the door; Free to members of the Filson Historical Society and Muhammad Ali Center
The Brothers Size Brings Powerful Performances Sunday, Jan 11 2015
The Brothers Size, currently being performed at Actors Theatre, is promoted as a “lyrical tale of brotherly love (that) explores the tension between fear and desire on the elusive road to freedom.”
That is accurate, perhaps, but it doesn’t prepare you for the reality of the play’s raw emotions, street language and battle of wills between two brothers. One brother, Ogun, embodies hard work and the struggle to make a living (he’s an auto mechanic) running a business. His brother Oshoosi is just out of prison, returning home and prevailing upon his brother to help get him back on a path to success. But Ogun’s expectations and Oshoosi’s work ethic conflict, and Oshoosi must also deal with other temptations outside of his brother’s shop.
For 80 minutes, on a bare stage, the brothers explore their roles in life, using the rough and lewd language of the street, accompanied only by an ever-present drum beat. There is only one other character, Elegba, Oshoosi’s cellmate from jail, whose influence is opposite that of Ogun. He provides Oshoosi with a car, while Ogun pushes his brother to work.
The actors announce their comings and goings and intentions just off stage, then perform them on. Two are shirtless and lean, while Oshoosi wears a wifebeater t-shirt. In the intimate Bingham Theatre, the actors need no props to engage the audience visually.
There’s plenty more to Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s story. It’s not one that I’ll forget soon.
See it at Actors through February 1.
Louisville Water launches ‘Tag It’ campaign to prep for cold weather Thursday, Jan 8 2015
Progress Louisville report for 2014 now available Thursday, Jan 1 2015
Communities and Economic Development and Education and government and Livability and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro and Progress Louisville and sustainability and Vision 2:00 pm
Kent Oyler: Why school selection matters Saturday, Dec 20 2014
Dave Howard s Louisville Folk School Friday, Dec 12 2014