Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 an ABC affiliate, Louisville
Louisville, KY, When you think of re-introduction you think about how you are going to embrace change. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (Heritage Center) will turn a page to history by starting a new chapter with the launch of their Inaugural Quarterly Membership event that they are calling “An Extraordinary Evening” honoring Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on Wednesday, September 25th at the Heritage Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
I’ve had several people ask me who is Dr. Bunch? He’s the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian and the first African American to hold the position. He assumed the position on June 16, 2019 where he now oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, along with numerous research centers and several education units and centers.
His past position was the director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The re-introduction event will hold it’s first bourbon tasting west of 9th Street which will feature 12 top tier exclusive brands which they call the “Bourbon Alley”. Woodford Reserve’s Master Taster Katie Farley will be sharing her craft with the guests. At this event, they will also honor the first African American master distiller on record Uncle Nearest.
Did you know that Brough Brothers Distillery has a micro-distillery in West Louisville? They will also be apart of the event.
Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, President of UofL will serve as the emcee for the event as Mayor Greg Fischer, and other elected officials and dignitaries will be in attendance as guests enjoy a tour of new exhibits, cocktails, food pairings and of course networking opportunities.
For additional information visit the Heritage Center’s site at www.kcaah.org.
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The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Sherlene Shanklin: KCAAH welcomes Dr. Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian