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September 17, 2009 Brandy Warren
(502) 852-8025
brandy.warren@louisville.edu

Take Back the Night march and vigil on Sept. 29

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lenelle Moise, a poet, actress and playwright who presents works about race, gender, class, immigration and sexuality, will deliver the keynote address for “Take Back the Night,” an annual event that raises awareness about violence against women.

Take Back the Night, which is free and open to the public, will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 outside of UofL’s Red Barn.

The event will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of UofL’s Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC), which provides support to students, staff and faculty who are directly or indirectly affected by dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment.

In addition to the keynote address by Moise, the evening’s events will include:

  • Performance by area college students of excerpts from Moise’s critically acclaimed choreopoem about the psychological aftermath of sexual assault.
  • Speak Out Session, a candlelight vigil and march around UofL campus
  • Performances by musician Kim Coleman and a childrenI’s art project “Hands are not for Hitting”
  • Remarks by Uof’'s Derek Terry of the Community Empowerment Center, Provost Shirley Willihnganz and Latina women’s movement advocate, Karina Barillas.

In the week leading up to Take Back the Night, events include:

  • The Pinwheel Project, in which participants are asked to place a pinwheel on the UofL West Lawn in recognition of victims of violence.
  • Men of Prevention, Education, and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community will organize a local Kentucky Green Dot campaign, gathering signatures from people and organizations who pledge to end violence against women.

Take Back the Night is organized by the UofL Student Activities Board, PEACC, Louisville Metro Office for Women, Muhammad Ali Institute, Anne Braden Institute, Office of LGBT Services, Vice-Provost for Diversity, Community Empowerment Center, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Family Scholar House, Center for Women and Families and other campus and community groups. For more details, call PEACC at 502-852-2663 or www.peacc@gwise.louisville.edu.

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