January 31, 2007

Black Cultural Center's Legacy Tour to explore Louisville

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Black Cultural Center is offering students and community members the chance to learn more about Louisville's rich African-American heritage that includes prominent people, places and events.

The African American Legacy Tour will travel to Louisville on March 2-3. The tour is part of the center's Spring 2007 Cultural Arts Series.

Participants will take a bus tour of Louisville, as well as visit the Muhammad Ali Center and the Kentucky Derby Museum. The Ali Center uses interactive exhibits to focus on the boxer and activist's message of peace and inspiration.

The Derby Museum tour includes a visit to a permanent exhibit highlighting the accomplishments of black jockeys and trainers in the derby. Thirteen of 15 riders in the first Kentucky Derby were black, while black jockeys won 15 of the race's first 28 runnings.

"The African American Legacy Tour will give participants a chance to learn more about the rich history of African-Americans in this beautiful city," said Renee Thomas, director of the Black Cultural Center.

Louisville's location along the Ohio River and Kentucky's position as the largest border state between the North and South have continually put it at the forefront of African-American activity, she said.

"Before and during the Civil War, the city served as a gateway for slaves seeking freedom in the north via the Underground Railroad," Thomas said. "The trip will preserve and nurture the memories, achievements and contributions of an important culture within American history. It should not be missed."

Registration and full payment for the Legacy Tour is required by Feb. 15. The cost, which includes transportation, lodging, admission fees and a soul food luncheon, is $100 for the general public and $35 for Purdue students.

To register, or for more information on the tour or other events this semester, visit the Black Cultural Center's Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/bcc  or call (765) 494-3092.

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 496-9711, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

Source: Renee Thomas, (765) 494-3092, rathomas@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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