Black Scene Millennium is a new quarterly magazine that will use journalism, historical research, and art to document Louisville's African American community. The first issue is focused on Black women and will be released at the Roots 101 African History Museum, 819 W. Main St., on Friday, October 9th at 5PM. The Magazine launch will be held in the gallery that houses the museum's new African American Music exhibition, which Black Scene Millennium Editor Michael L. Jones assisted in curating.
Black Scene Millennium is a reimaging of Black Scene, a magazine published in Louisville from 1973-1976. The original publication was founded by Civil Rights activist Rev. Leo LEsser after his unsuccessful mayoral campaign. Lesser felt the issues he wanted to talk about during his campaign--economic redlining, urban renewal, and white flight from the city core--were being ignored by mainstream media. His magazine's staff included many young people went on to be pillars of the community, including: Eleanor Jordan, a former state representative; Jonny Johnson, former head of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights; and Shelby Lanier, who led a lawsuit to force the city to hire more Black police officers.
Lesser's attorney, Robert Delahanty, served as Black Scene's associate editor before he became a Jefferson County District Court Judge. In fact, Black Scene was nearly forgotten until Delahanty's widow, Dolores, discovered 17 issues in her basement. Dolores gave them to her granddaughter, artist Katherine Delahanty, who approved Jones wit the idea of resurrecting the magazine Black Community Development Corporation is the magazine's fiscal sponsor.
We hope you enjoy our inaugural issue and join us for our launch event.