Join The Filson Historical Society and the Muhammad Ali Center for a panel discussion celebrating the release of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia
Wednesday, August 19 – 5:30 p.m.
Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N Sixth Street
The story of African Americans in Kentucky is as diverse and vibrant as the state’s general history. The work of more than 150 writers, “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia” is an essential guide to the black experience in the Commonwealth.
The Filson Historical Society and the Muhammad Ali Center invite the public to attend a panel discussion celebrating the release of “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.” The panel will be moderated by Larry Muhammad, a playwright and former “Courier-Journal” reporter, and will feature the editors of the encyclopedia.
Gerald L. Smith is a professor of history and the holder of the Theodore A. Hallam Professorship (2015–2017) in the department of history at the University of Kentucky. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of three books and other publications on history. He pastors the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
Karen Cotton McDaniel is professor emeritus at Kentucky State University, where she was a tenured full professor and director of libraries. She has more than twenty publications on black Kentuckians, including book chapters, articles, and encyclopedic essays. She has also taught at Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College.
John A. Hardin, professor of history at Western Kentucky University, is the author of two books, several major articles, and numerous book reviews on Kentucky African American history. He has taught at Kentucky State University and Eastern Washington University and has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky.
The panel discussion of “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia” will be held on Wednesday, August 19 at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N Sixth Street, Louisville. This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the panel discussion starting at 6:00 p.m. Parking will be available in the garage under the Muhammad Ali Center for a separate fee. Call The Filson at (502) 635-5083 or visit filsonhistorical.org/events to make your reservation.
This discussion is produced in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center and the University Press of Kentucky.
Since its founding in 1884, The Filson Historical Society has preserved the region’s collective memory, not only of Kentucky but also of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The Filson continues to collect and tell the significant stories of the region. An independent historical society, The Filson serves the public through its extensive research collections and numerous educational opportunities. The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old Louisville and houses a library, a museum and a special collections department.
About the Muhammad Ali Center: The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience.
For more information call 502- 992-5340 or visit alicenter.org