UNSEEN: A Lecture Series on Systematic Racism

Deepen your understanding of social justice issues by studying systemic racism at work today. Unfortunately, we don’t always see the injustices that happen around us, and as a result, we don’t know what ways we can best work towards social justice.

In an effort to become more aware of racism happening in our community, St. Paul United Methodist Church is hosting a 5-part lecture series on the different aspects of racism in Louisville, our country, and the world. Rev. Joe Phelps, Kumar Rashad, Josh Poe, Rev. David Snardon, and Kendall Boyd lead the series.

February 21 - Rev. Joe Phelps - Introduction to Systemic Racism
Rev. Joe Phelps is the Senior Pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, as well as a member of EmpowerWest. This first night will set the stage for the conversation, looking at why this is important, and what is and is not included in the discussion, all while looking more deeply at definitions and challenges faced in even raising this topic.

February 28 - Kumar Rashad - Racism In Education
Kumar Rashad is a JCPS teacher and board member of the Kentucky Education Association. Education is the defining factor in social change. Rashad works to effect change in his students in JCPS. Faced with challenges from both in and out of the system, Rashad is particularly well-equipped for speaking to the needs of our youth.

March 7 - Joshua Poe - Redlining
Joshua Poe is an Urban Planner in Louisville. Poe will explain redlining, the practice of denying loans in certain neighborhoods based heavily on socioeconomic and racial makeup, and the history of redlining in Louisville and the United States.

March 14 - Rev. David Snardon - Housing and Community Development
Rev. David Snardon is the pastor of Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, community activist, and the head of the Concerned Pastors of Russell. He’ll discuss issues surrounding incarceration rates and the systems at work behind them.

March 21 - Kendall Boyd - Government’s Role
Kendall Boyd is the Director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. The Human Relations Commission seeks to bridge the many ethnic, racial and religious groups in Louisville Metro through a combination of civil law enforcement and education/outreach.​ He will speak on the role of the commission and what the Louisville Metro Government over the next few months to combat racism and discrimination.


This 5-part lecture series will be held on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00pm, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21 on the first floor of St. Paul United Methodist Church. The series is open to everyone and no RSVP is needed. Childcare is available.

St. Paul United Methodist Church
2000 Douglass Blvd
Louisville, KY 40205
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Complete list of event date(s)
02/21/2018 - 7:00pm