Fall 2017 Program – Download Flyer Here
Rev. Joe Phelps, Highland Baptist Church, “Empower West Louisville”
Joe Phelps has been pastor at Highland Baptist Church for the past 20 years. In 2006, he founded “No Murders Metro,” an inter-denominational, inter-racial group holding prayer vigils at murder sites across Louisville. When he was a national spokesman exposing Walmart’s record of child labor, gender discrimination, and poor health care plans, he was labeled a “wacko” by Rush Limbaugh. He is currently co-chair of Empower West Louisville (“EmpowerWest”), a coalition of pastors and churches seeking to unleash the educational, economic, and spiritual power of West Louisville residents (empowerwest.com). Joe will talk about EmpowerWest’s journey toward working together as black and white progressive churches.
January 18, 2018
Chris Harmer, Co-Chair, Louisville FOR, “Racial and Economic Equity in the Jefferson
County Public Schools”
What are the Jefferson County Public Schools doing right, and where is JCPS stalled in helping all children reach their full potential? Chris Harmer will examine the current reality of racially and economically disproportionate outcomes in classroom learning and student discipline, discuss programs and policies that can help us
move forward, and talk about the positive role that we all can play. Chris is currently co-chair of the Louisville Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and is
active advocating for equity and rights for marginalized students, especially those from low income families and students of color. He is working to help establish a county-wide coalition dedicated to improving and supporting public education for all students.