Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

Healing History Academy 2011-2012

Healing History Academy Participants Graduate



The 25 Members of the ABI’s Healing History Academy became Racial Healing Ambassadors for Metro Louisville in a Ceremony hosted by Mayor Greg Fischer.  Click here to watch a video on the Academy.

From August 2011 through February 2012, 25 Louisvillians eager to learn about the history of racial and social justice in Louisville and in the U.S. and its ongoing impact on today’s society participated in “Healing History Academy.”  During this exciting, six-month journey, participants met with and learned from local educators, artists, performers, historians, and community advocates to consider the meaning and unfinished business of social and racial justice movements of the 20th century U.S.

The last session was held February 28, 2012. Each participant is currently in the process of turning what they learned into action by sharing it with others in their home community through a series of community projects designed and coordinated by the participant.

About Healing History Academy

The Healing History Academy was a project of the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, in consultation with Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission. The Academy was one part of a city-wide, two-year racial healing initiative of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness Center for Health Equity, University of Louisville College of Arts & Sciences Office for International, Diversity and Outreach Programs, Jefferson County Race Community and Child Welfare Initiative, and Women in Transition. This initiative was funded in part by America Healing: A Racial Equity Initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

(Click Here for packet of Healing History Academy Curriculum, Exercises)

(Click Here for the Healing History Academy Brochure)

The current grant year has coming to a close.  We were grateful to be able to create the Healing History Academy as a pilot project this year, thanks to funds from a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.  Using the feedback we’ve gained from the pilot program, we hope to be able to create future academy classes, but presently, we do not have the funding to do so. However, many of the materials we used for the sessions are available in the Anne Braden Institute.

If you’re interested in learning more about Healing History Academy and taking racial healing concepts into the future, please contact us at 502-852-6142.  To receive weekly updates about the ABI and other community events consistent with our mission, please email: BradenInstituteSocialJustice at gmail dot com.

In addition to monthly meetings, the Academy proudly sponsored the following events that were open to all who were interested:

(Click Here to See the Healing History Events Poster)

September 22, 2011, 7PM

Tim Wise Lecture, “Beyond Diversity:  Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash”  Spalding University Auditorium (824 South Fourth Street)

Suggested Contribution of $10…but no one turned away for lack of ability to pay


Join us as we welcome Tim Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and educator, for  a public lecture at Spalding University.  Organized By Spalding’s Diversity Consciousness Action Group.

October 23, 2011, 2:30-4:30PM

A Guided Tour of Louisville Civil Rights History


Hop on our tour bus to see local civil rights landmarks and learn how the 20th-century civil rights movement changed lives here at the South’s northern border.  Seating is free but limited!  Call 852-6142 to reserve a spot.

October 1-November 4, 2011

Day of the Dead Exhibit

KY Museum of Art & Craft (715 West Main Street)

  • Featuring altars for Anne Braden, Lilyalyce Akers, Woodford R. Porter, and David Hershberg.


The theme for Louisville’s Day of the Dead Celebration this year is “The Legacy of Community and UofL Leaders,and it is organized by UofL’s Latin American/Latino Studies Program.  The exhibit culminates with a Day of the Dead Celebration Friday, November 4, 5-10PM at the museum. For hours, visit their website at

November 10, 2011, 6PM

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

By Dr. Michelle Alexander

Speed Art Museum Auditorium (2035 S. 3rd Street)


The fifth annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture in U.S. civil rights movement history features a talk by Michelle Alexander on her highly acclaimed book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Book signing and reception to follow.  Free and open to the public.

January 14, 2012, 12:45-2 pm

“Remembering the Freedom Rides, 1961 and 2011”

DuValle Education Center (3610 Bohne Avenue)

An MLK Birthday Celebration joint session of the Healing History Academy and the University of Louisville’s Saturday Academy


January 24, 2012

Metro Louisville Annual Race & Relations Conference

spons. by the Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission (MLHRC)

Muhammad Ali Center (144 North 6th St.)

Be sure to attend a special screening and panel discussion on the 10th anniversary of the release of the documentary, Living the Story:  The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky set for 8:30-10AM.  To register, or for more information about the conference call MLHRC (502) 574-3631.


February 2, 2012,  8PM

Blues for an Alabama Sky

A play by Pearl Cleage, directed by Nefertiti Burton

Thrust Theater (2314 S. Floyd St)

This University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts performance of Cleage’s poignant, Depression-era drama set in Harlem will be followed by a talkback and reception.


May 29, 2012, 6PM

Widening the Circle

Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. 6th St.)

Healing History Academy participants shared their experiences with invited guests, who then engaged in small group discussions about possible policy steps that we can take to advance racial equity in Louisville.

Questions?  Call 852-6142

This Racial Healing Initiative was funded by a grant to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness Center for Health Equity from the W.K. Kellogg foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily reflect those of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 12:59 pm



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