The VIPP Report: Civil rights leader honored with a street signing dedication

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By Sherlene Shanklin

There will be a community celebration to honor civil rights activist Mattie Jones.  On Wednesday, March 28th at 5 p.m. at the corner of Louis Coleman Jr. Drive and River Park Drive there will be a street sign dedication.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton of District 5 will join Jones and members of her family and friends will unveil an honorary sign on the block where she lives as a tribute to her accomplishments and efforts for advancing civil rights in Metro Louisville.

At the age of 84, Mattie continues to challenge people and issues that treat people of color in a negative light.  You see her being interviewed by the media and protesting throughout the city but she has worked behind the scenes with civil rights leaders all across the United States but she supported her great friend the late Rev. Louis Coleman on a daily basis with issues and situations across Kentucky and parts of Southern Indiana. Their call to duty had no limitations on distance.

Mattie cared for over 100 children as a foster mother.  She raised them right along with her eight children.  Mattie will be 85 years old on the day of the celebration and dedication.

So on Wednesday, March 28th at 5 p.m. supporters of Mattie Jones will come out and support the mother to children who needed love, people who needed support and she’s the woman who stands up for what is right without even knowing your name.

Now, the public will have a chance to say thank you to the unsung leader who continuously chants for all people…No Justice, No Peace.

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The VIPP Report: Dick Gregory returns to Louisville for one night only


The VIPP Report: Civil right activist and comedian Dick Gregory will take the stage on Wednesday, June 18th in Louisville for one show only at the Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan. The 83year old has produced 15 comedy albums and written 14 books just to name a few of his accolades. His live performance is not for the shy. His “Tell it like it is” approach brings current events and humor to another level.

Gregory is no stranger to Louisville. He’s been here several times in support of the late Rev. Louis Coleman and civil rights issues. In 2002, Gregory along with Martin Luther King III and other leaders walked the streets of Louisville in protest of the death of James Taylor who was killed by police.

It will be interesting to hear what Gregory will say tomorrow night at the Laughing Derby. Comedian Steve Hofstetter from the Late Late Show will open for Gregory.

The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person. The Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan is located at the Mid-City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Road.

Next event: June 19th-21st will be Comedian Mark Curry.
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