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Professor Johnny Hill's book on Barack Obama is topic of University forum

Oct 26, 2009
By Toya Richards

Race, Politics and the American Dream will be the backdrop of a public discussion featuring a new book on Barack Obama by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary professor and author Johnny Bernard Hill.

The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics, and the American Dream will take center stage on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chao Auditorium of the Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville.

Hill will provide commentary on the historical significance of the Obama presidency. He also will contend that it is imperative now, more than ever, for America to push for equality.

A panel featuring community leaders, including Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judith Green; radio personality Mark Gunn (WGZB-96.5); LPTS graduate student Candace Smith; F. Bruce Williams, Senior Pastor, Bates Memorial Baptist Church; and Louisville Candidate for Mayor and Owner of USA Image Technologies Tyler Allen will reflect on the book and offer insights into how its themes might be applied locally.

The event is jointly sponsored by The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville and The Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Seminary. For questions about the public discussion or the book, call 502-632-2548.

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