The Kentucky Foundation for Women is proud to announce the following events to celebrate Black History Month:
THE LOUISVILLE AFRICA FORUM PRESENTS: MOTHERLAND
“Motherland” (Enat Hager), is a new documentary about Africa that fuses history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, as it sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent. The screening will be held Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:00–9:00 pm at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (18th & Muhammad Ali in Louisville).
SCARRITT BENNETT CENTER PRESENTS: STORIES FROM DA DIRT
Stories From Da Dirt, a one-act play by KFW Community Member Dr. Nancy J. Dawson, will be performed at the Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. South, in Nashville, TN, February 24 and 25, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Dr. Dawson has been a professor of African American Studies at Southern Illinois University, Austin Peay State University and Western Kentucky University. Dr. Dawson received an Artist Enrichment grant to support “Stories From Da Dirt,” which chronicles the lives of three African American women escaping from slavery using their own skills and ingenuity. A discussion about the dynamics of race and gender in the United States will follow. Reserve your seat online at scarrittbennett.org/programs/wt.aspx#dd, by calling 615 340-7557, or by emailing aelliott@ScarrittBennett.org.
LOUISVILLE ENTERTAINMENT THEATER PRESENTS: AIN’T NO MASSA OVA ME
Louisville playwright Sheila Richardson shares the trials and victories of Josephine and Odessa in “Ain’t No Massa Ova Me.” The play is based on the true story of two sisters who were sold at an auction block in Savannah, GA, in 1862 and the events that eventually lead both of them to a rural plantation in Kentucky. Remaining performances of “Ain’t No Massa Ova Me” are February 24 and 25, 7:00 pm at First Unitarian Church, 809 S. 4th Street, in Louisville, and February 26 at 6:00 pm at Pleasantview Baptist Church, 2600 Virginia Avenue, in Louisville. For additional inquiries, contact Karen Edwards Hunter, LET’S artistic director and KFW community member, at 502-457-9939 or Sheila Richardson, at 502-409-1716.
KENTUCKY ALLIANCE PRESENTS: “VISIONS OF ABOLITION” FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will show portions of the film “Visions of Abolition,” Monday February 27, 2012, 7:00 pm at the Braden Center, 3208 W. Broadway, in Louisville. The feature-length documentary is about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement. A discussion will follow the screening.
BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY THOMAS MERTON CENTER PRESENTS: THE ANNUAL THOMAS MERTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH LECTURE
Rosanne Haggerty, founder of Common Ground and of Community Solutions, two organizations working to eliminate homelessness, will address Thomas Merton’s writings on race in the context of homelessness in America on Thursday, February 29 at 7:00 pm in Frazier Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University. For more information visit http://www.merton.org/Events/#rh.