Resistance to busing children as part of court-ordered school desegregation led to rallies, violence and ultimately Kentucky National Guard involvement as the 1975-76 school year began in Louisville and Jefferson County. Panelists at the UofL NETWORK discussion will share their “Reflections on History – Busing, 40 Years Later.”

Speakers will be Sally Johnson, Dylan Owens and Edith Yarbrough, who attended Jefferson County Public Schools when busing began; retired Courier-Journal writer Bob Hill and photographer Keith Williams, who covered the issue for the newspaper; and retired JCPS administrator Bernard Minnis, who tried to help ease the transition to integrated schools.

            The 5-7:30 p.m. event and reception will be at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

            UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences, through its Office for International, Diversity and Engagement Programs, sponsors the UofL NETWORK series with Brown-Forman Corp. NETWORK is an acronym for New Energy to Work Out Racial Kinks; the program provides a forum for ongoing discussions of community issues with university faculty, business, civic and community leaders.

            Reservations and advance payment are required by April 10 for the $25 reception event by contacting Clest Lanier, 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu, or Marian Vasser, 502-852-2252 or mrvass01@louisville.edu.

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Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.