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AMEN Project to Hold Its First Graduation

Tuesday October 19, 2010

The African American Male Empowerment Network (AMEN), a project of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, will hold its first graduation on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chestnut Street YMCA located at 930 W. Chestnut St.

The AMEN project works with African American males to empower them to lead productive lives and to lead others. This year’s graduating class consists of men who have completed a 24-week course on issues of personal health and social justice. They were referred to the AMEN project from Jefferson County Drug court.

The graduation ceremony will include digital storytelling and Photovoice presentations that have been created by each of the graduates. The presentations will include photographs taken by the men and narration that addresses the question, “How does voting affect me, my family and my community?”

Also included will be a discussion of an amendment to Section 145 of the Kentucky constitution that would restore voting rights to convicted felons after their final discharge from parole or maximum expiration of sentence. Plans call for showing the digital storytelling and Photovoice presentations to legislators and policy makers.