Louisville mayor announces Lean Into Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new program is focusing on the history of discrimination and inequality in Louisville -- and Mayor Greg Fischer is asking everyone to get involved.

Fischer is calling it "Lean Into Louisville." It is designed to lean into - and eventually knock over - historic barriers. 

"This is a conversation that we should have had generations ago in our city and across our country," said Fischer. "We didn't then, but we will do it today."

Friday morning, during the launch of the program, Fischer spoke about historic issues of discrimination, and of the recent rise of hate crimes. He said they are national problems that also need to be addressed in our own backyard.

"We must send a louder, clearer message that hate has no home in our city," Fischer said.

Lean Into Louisville aims to engage the community in presentations, conversations, activities, and works of art that explore the mistreatment of minority residents and the continuing impact of history.

The mayor says the program will allow the community to connect and grow.

"None of us really are responsible for the actions of past generations, but we are responsible for understanding what those actions were, and how they impacted us, and how they impacted our country, especially today," Fischer said. "I believe we are honor-bound to take action to make things better tomorrow."

Several community partners, businesses and school leaders voiced support for Lean Into Louisville.

"It really is a pivotal moment here in Louisville where we can have some frank conversations, some really honest conversations, and some tough conversations," said Renee Murphy, spokesperson for JCPS.

Fischer said those conversations are critical to making Louisville a welcoming place that attracts young talent, and new business.

"Dealing with the past is the only way to create a prosperous future for everybody," he said.

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I cover a range of stories for WDRB, but really enjoy tracking what's going on at our State Capitol. I grew up on military bases all over the world, but am a Kentuckian at heart. I'm an EKU alum, and have lived in Louisville for 30 years.