Join us on Facebook Live for a panel discussion with some of Louisville’s community leaders about how movements from the past can inspire our future. Moderated by Nicole Hayden, the discussion will use the film Judas and the Black Messiah as an example of how communities can organize and spur a movement for social and economic change.
Panelists include Charles Booker, Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey, Shauntrice Martin, and Dr. Brandon McCormack.
Registration is encouraged but not required to watch. Judas and the Black Messiah is currently in theaters and streaming on HBO Max until March 14 if you would like to watch this film before the panel.
About the Moderator:
- Nicole Hayden is the Founder & President of Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative Inc. An accomplished teacher, motivational speaker, activist, and entrepreneur, Nicole has always kept Louisville at the center of her heart and was heartbroken by the murder of Breonna Taylor and subsequent mishandling of her case by local and state authorities. Nicole committed herself to protests & organizing throughout the Spring and Summer of 2020, collaborating with National Social Justice Organization Until Freedom and countless other organizations as a community liaison.
About the Panelists:
- Charles Booker is a politician and former Representative of Kentucky’s 43rd District. As part of the Kentucky House of Representatives, Booker served on the Economic Development and Workforce, Judiciary, and Natural Resources and Energy Committees. Booker and his wife, Tanesha, have two daughters and live in the Russell neighborhood.
- Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey is the Councilwoman for Louisville District 3. As a Louisville native, she has served her community throughout the years in the areas of economic development, public health, community development projects and various initiatives including the Minority Aids Project, One West Community Development and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. She is a proud HBCU gradute of Oakwood University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Studies with a minor in Biochemistry. and attended the University of Louisville for her Masters in Public Health.
- Shauntrice Martin is an abolitionist in Kentucky. She is the director and the founder of #FeedTheWest, a food justice program sponsored by Black Lives Matter Louisville and Change Today, Change Tomorrow. After studying food apartheids in Belize, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and across the U.S., she started Black Market KY to address food insecurity. Shauntrice has earned numerous awards including Louisville Forty Under 40, The Coalition of Black Excellence Impact Award, and Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Influence.
- Dr. Brandon McCormack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies and the Department of Comparative Humanities (Program in Religious Studies) at the University of Louisville. He earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion. His research explores the intersections between Black religion, popular culture, the arts, and activism. He teaches courses in African American religion, religions of the African diaspora, and religion and hip-hop culture.