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Dine & Dialogue: Life Behind the Veil

Date: August 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person and Zoom Options for Lecture)
Life Behind a Veil

In Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865 – 1930, George Wright looks at the particulars of what is termed “a polite form of racism”. He also looks at the ways in which Blacks made the most of their less than ideal position, focusing on the institutions that were central to their lives. Blacks in Louisville boasted the first library for Blacks in the United States, as well as Black-owned banks, hospitals, churches, settlement houses, and social clubs. These supported and reinforced a sense of community, self-esteem, and pride that was often undermined by the white world.

Life Behind a Veil is a comprehensive account of race relations, Black response to white discrimination, and the Black community behind the walls of segregation in this border town. The title echoes Blyden Jackson’s recollection of his childhood in Louisville, where Blacks were always aware that there were two very distinct Louisville’s, one of which they were excluded from.