The LBA Diversity Committee will present its annual Black History Month program on February 22 at 3:00 p.m. “Urban Renewal, Old Walnut Street and the 9th Street Divide,” will provide a look back at how ill-advised policies of the 1960s and ‘70s obliterated a once-vibrant center of black life in Louisville. Panelists will offer personal recollections of the former Walnut Street corridor and review U.S. Supreme Court decisions dealing with government-backed racial segregation.

Immediately following the program, there will an awards ceremony recognizing essay contest winners from Central High School’s Law & Government magnet and this year’s recipient of the Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Trailblazer Award, Dan Hall. A Louisville native and Central High School alumnus, Mr. Hall went on to graduate from Harvard Law School before becoming the first African-American appointed to a vice-president’s position at the University of Louisville. He has also been a major player in the Signature Partnership Initiative, a comprehensive effort to improve educational attainment in west end neighborhoods including access to quality health care, employment opportunities, social and human services, and K-12 educational partnerships.

Both the program and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.