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October 20, 2012

"Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods"

Dr. Beatrice Brown discussed her book, "Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods". After the American Civil War, many African Americans found a new life in "River Town." Louisville became a historic marker for freed men and women of color who bought acres of land or leased shotgun cottages and lots from whites to begin their new emancipated life. Smoketown is the only neighborhood in the city of Louisville with such continuous presence. By 1866, Smoketown was settled by these freemen, and by 1871 the first public building, the Eastern Colored School, was erected. By the 1950 census, 10,653 people lived in Smoketown, and other historic black neighborhoods, such as Petersburg/Newburg, Parkland, California, Russell, Berrytown, Griffytown, and Black Hill in Old Louisville were thriving. As these new neighborhoods sprang up, another historic event was taking place. In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby convened, and 13 of the 15 jockeys were black. Such astounding history embraces this city, and "Images of America: Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods" relives its magnificent and rich narrative.

Author Bio: Intrigued by the glory days of these neighborhoods whose residents endured struggles and victorious triumphs together through their commitment and faith, Beatrice S. Brown's passion is part of this heritage. Born in the Smoketown-Jackson community and raised in Parkland, Dr. Brown attended Parkland Elementary and Parkland Junior High, which is currently named Johnson Middle School.

Dr. Brown has the following book signings scheduled:


Saturday, October 27

2-4 pm

Walgreens, 34th & Broadway


Saturday, November 3

2-4 pm

Books-A-Million, 992 Breckenridge Lane


Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind 

Sonja Burpo, Co-Author of  "Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind" 

discussed their family's experiences and the new book.

In November 2010, the world met the Burpo family through the #1 New York Times best-selling book "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back". Since that time, the book has sold more than seven million copies, it was declared the "best-selling book of 2011" by Nielson BookScan, and people around the world have been impacted by Colton's story. 

In March 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were on the verge of their worst nightmare, losing a child. Their four-year-old son Colton's appendix had unknowingly burst days before, and he was now fighting a life-threatening infection. To save Colton, surgery was the only option. But what would happen during that surgery was more than healing through modern medicine.

"In casual, little-boy language, Colton would mention something that had happened to him in heaven or something he had learned there," say the Burpos. "These little interruptions became life-changers for us as we realized his story was true and that it held huge implications for our lives – and others'. We began to let God teach us through our son."

Now Todd and Sonja Burpo use the events surrounding Colton's story to offer hope and help to those dealing with daily challenges as well as life's heartaches in their new devotional, "Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind". With 90 percent new content in the format of a 40-day devotional reader, the Burpos help readers keep their focus on heaven, especially in the midst of the death of a loved one or miscarriage.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a 5K non-competitive walk to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

The 15th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Sunday, Oct. 28

11:30 a.m. - registration

1 p.m. -  start

Waterfront Park

Benefits the American Cancer Society

ACS is the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing over $4 billion. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

To register for the event visit makingstrideslouisville.org or call 502-584-WALK.


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