brief history of black Louisville and First U’s role…

15 Feb

Building the Beloved Community: A brief look at the history Black Louisville and First Unitarian’s Church role/response
A sermon by the Rev. Dawn Cooley
Delivered at First Unitarian Church, Louisville, KY on February 5, 2012

This sermon was given extemporaneously, with notes instead of a manuscript.  The recording had some difficulties but it is available  here.

Reading #584

A Network of Mutuality, by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sermon Outline

What is the beloved community?

If we are going to work to build it, we need to know what we are building upon.

Brief history of Black Louisville (taken from Two Centuries of Black Louisville)

  • Creation of Louisville and the importance of the Free Black Community
  • Abolition and The Examiner
  • Civil War
  • Skipping ahead to the 1940s
  • Increasing unrest
  • First Unitarian as an elite, white church
  • First U members getting involved – Eric Tachau story
  • Bussing to schools in the 1970s

Where do we go from here?

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