Third Thursdays

Our Monthly Third Thursday Lunches (co-sponsored by FOR and Sowers of Justice Network) bring in speakers to give new insights and perspectives on current events and social issues. Grab your lunch and join us online each month for these informative and insightful conversations. Click here to contact the Planning Committee with feedback or suggestions.

Upcoming Third Thursday Lunches.

February 16, 2023, 12-1pm—ON A KENTUCKY RIVERBANK, A PATH TO REMEMBRANCE with Hannah Drake

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In recognition of Black History Month, writer, historian and Louisvillian Hannah Drake, known for her penetrating social analyses and commanding presence at the microphone will talk about her (Un)Known Project, a multimedia installation, “On the Banks of Freedom”, (located on the Ohio Riverwalk between 9th and 10th Sts.), a memorial to enslaved people whose stories may never be uncovered and a challenge to us to unearth narratives hidden in attics and archives.

Hannah Drake, is chief creative officer of IDEAS xLab, an artist-run
nonprofit based in Louisville (

Louisville Forward Radio at WFMP-LP, 106.5 FM will carry this program on its Solutions to Violence series on Monday, Feb. 20th, at 5:00 pm; Tuesday, Feb. 21st, at 8:00 am and Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, at 6:00 am. You can also listen to these program via the website at the same dates and times: Click on “Listen Live now”.

The event will also be live streamed on the Sowers of Justice Facebook page, and broadcast on 106.5 FM WFMP’s FORward radio.

Third Thursday lunch is sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Sowers of Justice, two faith based advocacy groups that work for justice through education and action.

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We invite you to view articles and videos from our previous events.

Previous Lunches

January 19, 2023 – “Gun Violence: Prevention and Protection” with Cathy Mekus and Kemal Wells (watch VIDEO)

November 17, 2022 – “Rescue and refuge in the desert: Voices from the Borderlands” with Bob Kee and Dora Rodriguez (watch VIDEO)

October 20, 2022 – “Voting Rights under Attack: The Current Situation, Locally and Nationally” with Dee Pregliasco (watch VIDEO)

September 15, 2022 – “Kentucky Resources Council, The Good Trouble Proposal” with Tom “Fitz” Fitzgerald (watch VIDEO)

April 21, 2022 – “Answering questions on Ukraine and Russia” with Andrew Bacevich (watch VIDEO)

March 17, 2022 – “Hurt to Hope and Ultimately, to Healing: How Gun Violence Changed My Life” with Rose Smith and Barbara Boyd (watch VIDEO)

February 17, 2022 – “Issues Before the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly” with Representative Pamela Stevenson (watch VIDEO)

January 20, 2022 – “The State of Homelessness in Louisville” with Natalie Harris (watch VIDEO)

November 18, 2021 – “The Teaching of African and Native American History” with Dr. Ricky Jones (watch VIDEO)

October 21, 2021 – “Palestine and Israel – Update and Analysis” with Dr. Ibrahim Imam (watch VIDEO)

September 16, 2021 – “Philanthropic Redlining” with Rev. Kelly Kirby (watch VIDEO)

April 15, 2021 – “Hood to the Holler” with Charles Booker (watch VIDEO)

March 18, 2021 – “Reparations” with Rev. Kevin Cosby (watch VIDEO)

February 18, 2021 – “Collective Courage: Black Co-ops in Louisville’s West End” (watch VIDEO)

January 21, 2021 – “Police, Power, and Privilege” with Sadiqa Reynolds (watch VIDEO)

January 16, 2020 – “More Than Just a Bed: Addressing the Needs of Louisville’s Homeless” with Nina Moseley, CEO of Wayside Christian Mission (watch VIDEO)

November 2019 –  “Kentucky’s Renewable Energy Future” with David Brown Kinloch

September 19, 2019 – “Fork University” with Doug Lowry (watch VIDEO)

August 2019 – “Stories from the Border” with Cory Lockhart

June/July 2019 – “Stories from the Border” with Tricia Lloyd-Sidle
(watch VIDEO)

February 21, 2019 – “ASALH: Migration from Our Ignorance to the Truth” with Barbara Spencer Dunn (watch VIDEO)

October 2018 – “The Bail Project” with Shameka Parrish-Wright (watch VIDEO)

January 2018 – “Racial and Socio-Economic Equity Issues in Jefferson County Public Schools” with Chris Harmer (view NOTES from presentation)