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: Dr. Cornel West will be the keynote for Louisville conference on black families

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Renowned scholar Dr. Cornel West will be in Louisville Friday, February 26th at The National Conference on the Black Family in America.

West,  the Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, will be the keynote speaker for the banquet held on Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn.

This year’s conference is named after Dr. Joseph McMillan, who worked tireless in the community, demonstrated for civil rights and was a professor at the University of Louisville.

The conference continues on Saturday, February 27th with workshops and seminars lead by local community activists.

This year’s theme is The Dimensions of the Black Family in the 21st Century.  Civil rights activist Mattie Jones will lead the “The Evolution of Big Mama” while Dr. Amon Perry will discuss “Men’s Involvement in the Lives of their Children and Families: Making Fatherhood Normal”.  That’s just a couple of the many topics that will be addressed.

To attend the 43rd Dr. Joseph H. McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America go to https://www.regonline.com/uoflbfc43.

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