Unseen: A Lecture Series on Systemic Racism

Unseen: A Lecture Series on Systemic Racism

Unseen: A 5-Part Lecture Series on the Problem of Systemic Racism

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm | Begins February 21

It is our policy that when JCPS closes, our activities at St. Paul are cancelled.

Unfortunately, this means that Wesley Night and the last session of Unseen: A Lecture Series on Systemic Racism are cancelled.

The last session of Unseen: A Lecture Series on Systemic Racism will not be able to be rescheduled, due to already planned future Wednesday night activities. If you have been in attendance for this lecture series, we do invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 11 for a follow up forum to discuss the information presented in this series and how we can move forward as a more just society.

In the meantime, stay safe!


Racism is often defined as large, overt actions. However, systemic racism takes place everyday and it largely goes unseen. In an effort to become more aware of the injustices in Louisville, St. Paul Church will host a 5-part lecture series on the different aspects of racism beginning February 21. This 5-part lecture series will be held on Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, on the first floor of St. Paul Church.


February 21 – Rev. Joe Phelps | Introduction to Systemic Racism
Rev. Joe Phelps is the Senior Pastor at Highland Baptist Church, as well as a member of EmpowerWest. This first night will set the stage for the conversation, looking at why this topic is important, and what is and is not included in the discussion, all while looking more deeply at definitions and challenges faced in this discussion.

Unseen: Part 1 – Rev. Joe Phelps

Part 1 of Unseen: A Lecture Series on Systemic Racism.Watch now as Rev. Joe Phelps deliveres the introduction to Unseen.And join us again next Wednesday, in person or online at 7:00pm. Local educator Kumar Rashad speaks about education.

Posted by St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


February 28 – Kumar Rashad | Racism In Education
Kumar Rashad is a JCPS teacher and board member of the Kentucky Education Association. Education is the defining factor in social change. Rashad works to effect change in his students in JCPS. Faced with challenges from both in and out of the system, Mr. Rashad is particularly well-equipped for speaking to the needs of our youth.

Systemic Racism in Education Notes

Posted by St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 28, 2018


March 7- Joshua Poe | Redlining
Joshua Poe is an Urban Planner in Louisville. Poe will talk about redlining, the practice of denying loans in certain neighborhoods based heavily on socioeconomic and racial makeup, and the history of redlining in Louisville and the United States.

Joshua Poe

Joshua Poe speaks during Unseen: A Lecture Series on Systemic Racism

Posted by St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 7, 2018


March 14 – Rev. David Snardon | Housing & Community Development
Rev. David Snardon is the pastor of Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, community activist, and the head of the Concerned Pastors of Russell. He’ll discuss the importance of community development and its role in building a better society.

Part 1 of Rev. David Snardon’s lecture.

Posted by St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Part 2 of Rev. David Snardon’s lecture.

Posted by St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 14, 2018


March 21 – Kendall Boyd
Kendall Boyd is the Director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. The Human Relations Commission seeks to bridge the many ethnic, racial and religious groups in Louisville Metro through a combination of civil law enforcement and education/outreach.​ He will speak on the role of the commission and what the Louisville Metro Government plans to do to combat racism and discrimination.