Editors: Michael L. Jones, Seun Erinle, Danny Seim, Katy Delahanty
Contributing writers: Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Erica Codey Rucker, Kimberly Denise Moore, Duane Campbell, Christa Iwu, Heather Birdie Harris
Photographer: Bud Dorsey
Black Scene Millennium is a new quarterly magazine that will use journalism, historical research, and art to document Louisville’s African American community. The inaugural issue is focused on Black women. An intergenerational effort between past and present contributors.
Black Scene Millennium is a reimagining of Black Scene, a magazine published in Louisville from 1973 to 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 the 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; Johnny Johnson, former head of the Kentucky Commission on Human Right; 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 several issues in her basement. Dolores gave them to her granddaughter, artist Katherine Delahanty, who approached Jones with the idea of resurrecting the magazine in a quarterly publication for a year, and then culminating in a coffee table book, juxtaposing the 70s Black Scene with present day. Black Scene Millennium sets out to document what has and hasn’t changed for the Louisville community.
In the wake of the miscarriage of justice for Breonna Taylor, this issue’s cover story focuses on Adrian Reynolds who was brutalized and killed by metro police and metro corrections. This inaugural issue of Black Scene Millennium is illuminating what our Black Community faces, celebrates the arts, culture, humanity. Simultaneously the periodical mourns how the city has disenfranchised an entire community.
This periodical is 6.75” x 8.5”, portrait, binding on the 8.5” edge. 64 pages, gloss laminated cover. Included Letter pressed image and risograph image.