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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working to promote World AIDS Day on December 1 and unite people across the commonwealth in the fight against HIV.

The theme for this year’s observance is “Getting to Zero” with a push to get to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. Despite increased understanding of HIV and AIDS, state officials say the annual event is still needed as a reminder that the disease still impacts millions of people worldwide.

Kentucky Department for Public Health spokeswoman Beth Fisher says there is a vital need to improve education and for people to get tested.

“It’s still very important to increase awareness and to let people know HIV — while infection rates have decreased over the years — it’s a still very serious public health concern. We want people to be aware, to know their risk and to get tested because it hasn’t gone away and people still need to know their status,” she says.

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Council Members to Host Police Chief Forum

by admin November 28, 2011

The African-American members of the Louisville Metro Council are holding a forum for constituents to voice their concerns and priorities as the city begins its search for a new police chief. Last month, Chief Robert White announced he was leaving to become chief of the Denver Police Department. White was the first black chief in […]

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Government Alleges Western Kentucky Coal Company Discriminated Against Black Miners

by Erica Peterson September 29, 2011

The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs […]

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Drafts of Redistricting Maps Raise Concerns in Metro District 1

by Devin Katayama August 30, 2011

Drafts of redistricting Louisville Metro Council seats are making their way through some districts, but because the maps change frequently, the council clerk’s office said they aren’t available online. Around 100 citizens from west Louisville were in attendance at a redistricting meeting in Metro Council District 1, said James Green, who helped organize Monday’s meeting. […]

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Sickle Cell Anemia

by Laura Ellis September 24, 2010

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects the shape of red blood cells, making it harder for them to pass throughout the blood vessels. It mostly affects people of Sub-Saharan African descent (in fact 1 in 500 African-American babies are born with SCA), shortens life expectancy and causes symptoms like shotness of breath, dizziness, coldness, and sudden pain throughout the body. There’s no cure, but promising research in symptom management is underway – some right in our own back yard. Join us on Monday to learn more.  Listen to the Show

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Cross Cultural Connections

by Laura Ellis July 21, 2009

Relationships between African Americans and Hispanics, once unified during the Civil Rights Movement, seem to be breaking down as competition for jobs, health services and housing becomes fiercer. How is Louisville being affected by “Black-Brown” tension and what is being done to promote harmony between minority groups? Cross Cultural Connections, a race relations program created by the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, the Louisville Urban League and the Hispanic Latino Coalition is helping to bridge the cultural gap between Kentucky’s Hispanics and African Americans. Listen to the Show

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The History of Black Women in the U.S.

by Laura Ellis January 20, 2009

They say history is written by the victors. It should be no surprise then that African-American women’s stories have gone untold for so long, and their achievements have gone unrecognized. Facing the double-edged sword of racial and sexual discrimination, they often found themselves kept on the sidelines of both the women’s liberation and the civil rights movements. Listen to the Show

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Black Women's History

by rfisher November 11, 2008

They say history is written by the victors. It should be no surprise then that African-American women’s stories have gone untold for so long, and their achievements have gone unrecognized. Facing the double-edged sword of racial and sexual discrimination, they often found themselves kept on the sidelines of both the women’s liberation and the civil rights movements. Listen to the Show

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Economy, Faith Motivate Louisvillians to Vote

by kespeland October 27, 2008

There are as many differences in what voters care about as there are voters. But talk to the leaders of local interest groups, and you get a deeper sense of what’s motivating people to go to the polls. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports.

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Cultural Center Gets Boost from Gov. Beshear

by ekramer August 14, 2008

Federal, state and city representatives today gathered in West Louisville to pledge their support to a new cultural institution. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Gov. Steve Beshear and other leaders say they will help the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage find some of the funding needed to finish the majority of its construction by the […]

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