Reckoning Inc. will present an African American Genealogy Workshop during Black History Month to help citizens trace their family tree

(Louisville, KY) Reckoning Inc. will present an Introduction to African American Genealogy workshop on Saturday, February 11th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is intended for anyone seeking to begin the process of building a family tree—no previous genealogical experience is required. Just come with any information you possess about all known elders in your family. It will be conducted by Denyce Peyton, a professional genealogist with over 25 years of experience who is currently project director for Reckoning, Inc.’s Kentucky U.S. Colored Troops Project. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information about the workshop, visit www.kcaah.org/events. For more information about Reckoning, Inc., visit www.reckoninginc.org

If you would like to setup an interview with African American genealogist Denyce Peyton, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications,.com or call 502-341-7306. 

Reckoning, Inc. is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to examine the legacy of slavery in America, and to create ways for communities to engage with this information through research projects, media productions, educational curricula, online content, and other means.

Reckoning, Inc. receives funding from the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Gheens Foundation, Community Foundation of Louisville, LG&E and KU Foundation, David A. Jones, Jr., and Mary Gwen Wheeler, Hardscuffle Inc., Metro United Way, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Historical Association, and the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation.

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Black Professionals Mixer-Louisville announces 2023 events

Nikki Lanier, CEO of Harper Slade and Nikkilanier.com announces her 2023 dates and venue for Black Professionals Mixer-Louisville. Professionals will have three opportunities to network and socialize amongst business peers. 

Save the following dates: 

• March 14, 2023, 

• July 11, 2023, and 

• December 12, 2023.  

The mixer will take place at Joe’s Palm Room located at 1821 W. Jefferson Street.  

Nikki R. Lanier says “I’m excited to announce our new partner, Joe’s Palm Room and our three scheduled mixers.  I wanted to give professionals in this region a place where Black business and community leaders have a chance to collaborate and meet other professionals. This is going to be a great year for us, and we continue to build relationships and help Black professionals, especially those new to Louisville, to feel welcomed and endeared by our city.”

Donnie Adkins with Joe’s Palm Room expresses his support for BPM.  He says, “We are extremely excited that Joe’s Palm Room was chosen as the site for the 2023 Black Professional Mixer series. Over the last year, the Joe’s team has helped revitalize the image of the Russell neighborhood by hosting successful events like the Rotary Club’s lunch series, the West Louisville farmers market, and the Wekeza West real estate investment series. We look forward to showing off our upgraded event space and new menu. You are guaranteed a great time at Joe’s Palm Room!”

Since its inception in 2018, the Black Professionals Mixer has hosted over 600 professionals from business executives, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, philanthropists to leaders in sports and entertainment.  

“The sponsors for the Black Professionals Mixer have enjoyed the access to the region’s Black professionals says Lanier.”

We would like to thank our following sponsors for their continued support: LG&E, Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Brown-Forman, Kentucky Derby Festival. Today’s Woman, Royal Jewelers, MCM CPAs and Advisors, and Obi Law Group.  A special thank you to Black Jockey’s Lounge for supporting our vision by hosting 2022 mixers.  

The Black Professionals Mixer is a means to provide Louisville’s Black Professionals Mixer will align with NikkiLanier.com as it transitions to for more opportunities in 2023.  We will continue to showcase the region’s top Black professionals while further anchoring a visible commitment to racial equality and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (DEI).

2023 Sponsorship opportunities are available. You can reach us at admin@nikkilanier.com

If you would like to setup an interview and/or be a sponsor, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  

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Statement from Nikki R. Lanier, DEI executive on the announcement of the University of Louisville’s new president

December 1, 2022

Releasing a statement regarding the University of Louisville’s new president announcement:

“Given Dr. Schatzel’s demonstrative commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both as a matter of her leadership practices in higher education governance, and in her personal life, this is a wildly consequential appointment for the University. Dr. Bendapudi, prior to her exit, declared profoundly, (albeit aspirationally), that the University of Louisville will become an anti-racist institution. Seemingly Dr. Schatzel’s possesses the panache, experience, fortitude, and desire to make that declaration a reality. Louisville, a segregated city, still languishing in the aftermath of very public and blatant scars regarding our own race-based struggles, needs the University of Louisville to illustrate and inspire a greater region-wide commitment to advancing racial equity. Given our town and gown relationship, their modeling and leading in this crucial area will be important.”

Nikki R. Lanier

CEO

Harper Slade Racial Equity Advisory

If you would like to setup an interview with Lanier, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com

To learn more about Nikki R. Lanier and Harper Slade here’s a link to their website, www.harperslade.com

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