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Daughters of Greatness: Mattie Jones

Friday, March 18, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Mattie Jones is a nationally renowned civil rights and social justice activist.  A native of Memphis, Tenn., Jones moved with her family to Louisville as a child, after her father took a job at the Quartermaster Depot in Jeffersonville. Jones’ public activism began not long after her graduation from Central High School in 1951. She attended Indiana University but says she quickly decided it was not safe or welcoming for black students, so she transferred to the University of Louisville, which had recently desegregated its main campus. But after being denied a work study position and being told white co-eds would not accept working alongside her, Jones left college and joined the Black Workers Coalition to fight for equality in employment.

In over six decades of activism since, Jones has organized countless demonstrations, public conversations, and boycotts focused on women’s and worker’s rights, environmental justice, peace and police/community relations. She was a founding member of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and has helped lead and staff numerous local and national justice operations during her long career.

To register for Mattie Jones’s Daughters of Greatness event, please contact Erin Herbert at

COVID-Health and Safety Measures: To maintain the safety of our event, all guests and staff must wear masks over their nose and mouth unless eating or drinking. Upon arrival, all guests must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (digital or card-copy) or negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to the event. Please be prepared to show verification of vaccine or test when you arrive. Event capacity will be limited. Please reserve your tickets today!