Ellis, Geoffrey

Manning, Joseph
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Voices of Russell in a Time of Change
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In the first of four interviews, Mr. Ellis reflects on the Old Walnut St. era of west Louisville, growing up in Russell and in Smoketown, Naval service, being a shoe store owner, working for Delta airlines, friendship with Ross Jessup, early work in community service, halfway house director, violence intervention and juvenile diversion programming, civil rights work, West End advocacy, career in Louisville government, conversion experience, divinity school, preaching in the ministry.

These and other interviews were conducted by the Louisville Story Program and collaboratively edited with the participants authors between 2020 and 2023. The culmination of this collaborative work is the documentary book, “If You Write Me A Letter, Send It Here: Voices of Russell in a Time of Change.” This anthology of nonfiction documents the rich layers of history and cultural heritage in the Russell area of west Louisville, a neighborhood whose history is centrally important to the Black experience in Louisville.

Russell (Louisville, Ky.), African American businesspeople, African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville, Clergy