Check out what's coming up this February for Black History Month!


Fifty Percent-Off February

Offered Exclusively for Kentucky and Indiana Residents

The Ali Center will be participating in Fifty Percent-Off February, along with the Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company, to offer Fifty Percent-off adult admission during the entire month of February.
Fifty Percent-Off February is a Museum Row promotion that encourages local residents to explore attractions close to home at a time when the long winter is just about over, but the temperatures tend to keep folks indoors.
Guests must mention Fifty Percent-Off February and show proof of Kentucky or Indiana residency (such as a driver’s license or alternate I.D.) while purchasing admission tickets. Others in the party will receive the half price admission rate as well.
The offer cannot be combined with other discounts and does not apply to special tours or events.
See the full announcement HERE.

Inheritance :: An Exhibition by Imar Hutchins

On display through April 19, 2020

An exhibition by Imar Hutchins. Fusing together his prolific printmaking practice with his signature work as a collagist, Imar Hutchins has equipped himself to pass learned wisdom along to future generations by imprinting stories recorded in his family archives on the surfaces of his mixed media portraiture.
Imar Hutchins is an artist by birthright who has spent a lifetime collecting his inheritance. By amassing a collection of historic reference documents and tracing family histories towards their origins, he has equipped himself for the self-assigned task to pass learned wisdom along to future generations. His upcoming solo exhibition, titled Inheritance, fuses his prolific printmaking practice with his signature work as a collagist, imprinting stories recorded in his family archives onto the surfaces of his mixed media portraiture. Each portrait depicts a person of supreme significance, some directly related to Imar by blood and some adopted through a spiritual bond all for the collective benefit of building a unified human family. – Zoma Wallace, Curator, Inheritance
In conjunction with Inheritance, the Ali Center will be hosting special programming:

February 7, 2020 :: Artist talk with Imar Hutchins and Louisville native Bradford YoungLearn more.

February 28, 2020 :: History Then and Now: The Desegregation of the University of Kentucky. Learn more.

"Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask" Film Screening

Saturday, February 1st
6:00 - 7:30pm

Doors open at 5:30pm

This full length documentary explores the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first African Americans to achieve national fame as a writer. Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Dunbar (1872-1906), is best remembered for his poem, “We Wear The Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), the father of African-American Letters, remains an inspiration for writers, painters, sculptors, composers, and choreographers today. Famous for poems such as “We Wear the Mask” and “Sympathy” (the first line of which became the title for Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), Dunbar during his brief life wrote novels, short stories, lyrics, plays, and civil rights essays as well. His talent and ambition carried him from elevator boy to international prominence as a performer and spokesperson for justice.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask explores his relationships with luminaries such as William Dean Howells, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington; as well as his stormy marriage, the tension between his dialect and standard poetry, and the multiple cultural legacies he left behind.

The film screening is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

This event is SOLD OUT.

'Inheritance' Artist Talk with Imar Hutchins & Bradford Young

Friday, February 7
6:30 - 8:00pm

Doors open at 5:30pm for a complimentary viewing of Inheritance before the program

Artist talk with Imar Hutchins and Louisville native Bradford Young, a cinematographer, best known for his work on Selma.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required.

Register Here

"Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes" Film Screening and Q&A Session

Saturday, February 8th
Doors open at 1:15 p.m. :: Film begins at 2:00 p.m.

See Muhammad Ali through a new lens in Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes, which uses Muhammad’s many appearances on the Emmy-winning The Dick Cavett Show, to give insight into The Champ’s legacy, in and out of the ring. Dick Cavett, legendary late night TV host from the 1960s-70s, will be onsite, as well as Robert Bader, Director of the film. Light refreshments will be served and photo opportunities will be available.

Suggested donations are available at the link below and will also be accepted at the door: $15 per person for film screening or $30 per person for film screening and film poster autographed by Mr. Cavett. Seating will be first come, first served basis. The film will air on HBO on February 11.

Watch the trailer HERE.

See the full announcement HERE.

Register Here

Daughters of Greatness: Victoria Russell

Friday, February 28
8:30 - 10:00am

Victoria Russell was named the first Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Papa John’s International, a global brand of 120,000 team members. With a 13-year passion for the Papa John’s brand, Victoria is committed to using her voice to bring about change and is stepping up to the challenge of ensuring Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is in the DNA of the company. Prior to this role, Victoria was named Head of Diversity & Inclusion and was voted chair of the newly formed Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee by her peers.
Learn more about Victoria Russell HERE.
The Daughters of Greatness breakfast series honors prominent women engaged in social change, activism, and pursuits of justice. Your ticket to Daughters of Greatness includes a hot breakfast served at 8:30am followed by the program from 9:00 - 10:00am.

History Then and Now: The Desegregation of the University of Kentucky

Discussion with artist Imar Hutchins, grandson of Lyman T. Johnson, and current President of the University of Kentucky, Dr. Capilouto about the 70th anniversary of the desegregation of the university by Johnson.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our website. The correct date and time for this event is Friday, February 28th, 6:30-8:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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