The Western Branch Library: a Beacon of Hope for Louisville’s Black Community

“The library does more than furnish facts and circulate books…the people feel that the library belongs to them, and that it may be used for anything that makes for their welfare.”  -Rev. Thomas Fountain Blue, the Western Branch’s first librarian For centuries, libraries have served as a space for self-enlightenment, a place where people canContinue reading “The Western Branch Library: a Beacon of Hope for Louisville’s Black Community”

How Racism is Built into Louisville’s Infrastructure

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) The true dynamism of American cities comes from the connectedness of its institutions and the people within it. Considered one of the most residentiallyContinue reading “How Racism is Built into Louisville’s Infrastructure”

Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Problem

One and a half million dollars. This is how much money—annually— my hometown hospital in rural Kentucky has lost since 2012. With less than a week’s worth of operating cash on hand at any given time, the small rural hospital has been struggling to make ends meet for years now. This is not the onlyContinue reading “Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Problem”