*LOUISVILLE, KY – Until Freedom today announced final details for its highly anticipated BreonnaCon engagement in Louisville.
The multi day event will direct resources, talent and energy towards achieving justice for Breonna Taylor. This first-of-its-kind “community convention” will include workshops, trainings, plenaries, women’s and men’s empowerment programs, a school supplies giveaway, community BBQ, Faith Revival at Kingdom Fellowship Center and more.
The organization intentionally took an intersectional approach to funneling the resources to the community, and seeks to make a deposit rather than engage in an transactional manner. BreonnaCon punctuate a 30-day occupation of Louisville by the activist group and will culminate in a direct action led by Until Freedom.
“BreonnaCon will engage, activate, and transform the Louisville community by building a comprehensive slate of programming that will amplify the urgent need for Justice for Breonna,” said Until Freedom Co-Founder Tamika Mallory. “BreonnaCon will address a number of issues impacting the community including food insecurity.”
Several notable influencers will convene in Louisville to participate in BreonnaCon, lending their voices to the amplification the grave injustices surrounding Breonna Taylor’s killing and case. For instance, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, “Love & Hip Hop New York” standout Yandy Smith-Harris, “Real Housewives of Potomac” cast member Gizelle Bryant, and others will all participate in the 4-day engagement. The full schedule is below.
SATURDAY AUGUST 22
Free Farmers Market (9AM – 12PM)
Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway
BreonnaCon kicks off with our 2nd free Farmers Market and Food Caravan, providing food to 1500 families.
TaylorMade (1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Vibes, 1346 River Road, Louisville, KY 40206
TaylorMade, a women’s empowerment event that will provide hundreds of local women with a specially-curated program led by Yandy Smith-Harris, founder of Yelle Beauty and star of “Love and Hip Hop” and Porsha Williams of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.
Free The Guys/Bros for Breonna (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Free The Guys/Bros for Breonna, a men’s empowerment forum to transform, inspire and activate the men in Louisville. The program will include artists, athletes and influencers leading conversations centered on men’s health and wellness, strengthening the family, and community organizing.
SUNDAY AUGUST 23
Bre-B-Q (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
The second day of BreonnaCon is centered on Black joy. The Bre-B-Q will be a community bar-b-cue and concert featuring national and local artists and performers. The day will include games, a school supplies and book bag giveaway, music, dance and much more for the whole family.
MONDAY AUGUST 24
Press Conference (11:00 a.m.) will include families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery, Antwon Rose, Trayvon Martin, Pam Turner and Botham Jean. Simmons College, 1018 South 7TH Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Organizing Boot Camp with Jasiri X, Rukia Lumumba, Pastor Stephen A. Green, Brea Tilford and more
Praise in the Park at The Waterfront with Pastor Tim Findley Jr., Rev. Dr. Bruce Williams, Rev. Stachelle Busse
Day three of BreonnaCon will include several workshops, trainings and plenaries to prepare the community at large for the next day’s culminating event, a mass direct action. Labeled an Organizing Boot Camp, Until Freedom will host a series of teach-ins, and train local residents in community organizing, public policy and civic engagement. They will also host plenary sessions featuring the families of victims of police violence, and local and national lawyers discussing the campaign to pass Breonna’s Law. The families of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Atatiana Jefferson, George Floyd, Antwon Rose will all attend this session.
Monday ends with Church In The Streets, a spiritual experience connecting faith and freedom with faith leaders from across the state and nation. This “street revival” event will evoke the legacy of the Civil Rights movement’s mass meetings and feature local choirs and performers.
TUESDAY AUGUST 25
Good Trouble Tuesdays
BreonnaCon will conclude with a nonviolent direct-action training, followed by a massive demonstration throughout Louisville. With the application of Kingian Nonviolence, participants will escalate and amplify the urgent call for justice for this community.
Jennifer R. Farmer