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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Class notes 2/14 and 2/15

Here are the notes from our classes last week. (Apologies for posting them so late - your friendly blog manager can be a little scatter-brained :) ) As always, thank you to Marissa for typing these up for us.

Tuesday, February 14

African Cemetery #2
  • People buried there from 1869 to 1974
  • "Don't be scared of dead people, it's the living you have to worry about"
  • Cemeteries are good for finding out information about ancestry
  • James "Soup" Perkins
    • Originally lived on Thomas Street
    • Father John Jacob Perkins trained trotting horses
    • Oldest brother William trained horses for the Kentucky Derby
  • Oliver Lewis
    • Won first Kentucky Derby in 1875
    • H.P. McGrath expected other horse to win but it got boxed in
    • Placed second in Belmont Stakes
    • Moved to Cincinnati and had 10 kids

Wednesday, February 15

Tanya and Christian Torp
  • Try to live in a different way than the rest of the world
  • Micah 6:8 "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
  • Live authentically and fight injustice
  • Built relationships with their neighbors and found out about food insecurity, neighbors not being able to pay rent, and a failing school in the neighborhood
  • Cooking classes and swapping recipes as opposed to handing out food so it wouldn't seem like they had power over their neighbors
  • Racist bias on familial wealth
  • "Invite the people who can't repay you"
  • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth went door to door talking to people about the concept that people with felonies on their records couldn't vote
  • How can temporary residents of Lexington, such as ourselves and UK students, still work to help solve some of these problems? Be there to assist how we can and remember to be present. Be a part of what's already happening instead of trying to create something new
  • Affordable Housing Trust has ability to help but the money gets used for different things
  • Gentrification is not just a Lexington issue or even just a city issue—it's all over the world
  • Reverend Barber—president of the NAACP in North Carolina, talks about justice as people of faith and how we can't just sit by and let injustice happen
  • Land trust—people own houses but not the land they're on. The trust owns the land so people can save money

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