About Us

EmpowerWest is a coalition of Louisville area pastors and churches seeking to unleash the educational, economic, and spiritual power of West Louisville residents so that they might maximize their God-given potential and capacity.

Our Mission

Empower West will

Lift a prophetic voice that advocates with and amplifies the voices of those in West Louisville in places of power.

Mindset

Based on our shared Christian orientation, EmpowerWest will stand with those most easily ignored in business dealings because they have neither voice nor place at the bargaining table, and yet their lives are most affected by potential business decisions.

Makeup

A coalition of Louisville area pastors and churches, committed to insuring that development and the infusion of capital into West Louisville will be primarily for the empowerment and sustainability of West Louisville’s current residents and secondarily for the profit-making of investors.

Our Partners

The work of EmpowerWest is supported by a variety of community partners. See the list of sponsoring organizations.

LMPD launches investigation into traffic stop of Rev. Kevin Cosby

WRDB in Louisville, KY reports that Louisville Metro Police Department has opened an investigation into a traffic stop involving the president of Simmons College.

Coalition of Ministry Organizations and Community Leaders Announce 'Driving While Black' Press Conference

A press conference organized by ministers and community leaders has been announced for Tuesday September 18 at 6:00pm at 22nd and Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, KY. The conference is announced in response to outrage that Rev. Kevin and Ms. Barnetta Cosby were stopped by and harassed by local police this past Saturday evening. The Cosbys, of St. Stephen Church and Simmons College, were driving home when stopped by police. Unfortunately, they were “driving while black.”

CJ: Rev. Jesse Jackson calls for 'defiance, determination' in Louisville sermon

Rev Jesse Jackson's keynote sermon for the Angela Project Conference 2018 featured in news media coverage by the The Courier-Journal newspaper Louisville, Kentucky.

Angela Project Conference Under Way

The Angela Project Conference 2018 begin today in Louisville, KY. Click below for registration or schedule information.

Angela Project Conference Releases 2018 Schedule

The schedule for the Angela Project Conference 2018 is now available. The two day conference, which will be held in Louisville begins on Friday September 14. This event features breakout speakers and panel discussions as well as a keynote and worship with Rev. Jesse Jackson. Click the buttons below to register for the conference sessions (admission free) or to download a printer-friendly version of the schedule.

Angela Project Conference Now Free

Organizers of the Angela Project conference have now reduced the registration fee to $0 for all participants. Dinner purchase is available. Simmons College of Kentucky in Conjunction with the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., The Progressive National Convention, Inc. and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship presents "The Angela Project." The Illusion of Inclusion: 50 Years of Downward Mobility in Black America.

The Angela Project is a 3-Year Movement Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Black Enslavement in America. Join us as we set a new trajectory for the next 400 years!

The Speakers: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dedrick Assante-Muhammad, Lezli Baskerville, Yvette Carnell, Rev. Joe Phelps & Antonio Moore with Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Conference Convener.

West Louisville Forum featuring Sadiqua Reynolds, CEO of the Louisville Urban League.

Join us Wed Sept 5, 12:00 pm as the West Louisville Forum continues to explore solutions for urban America. Our guest is Louisville Urban League President/CEO, Sadiqa Reynolds interviewed by the esteemed columnist Betty Baye. @sadiquaLUL @betty_baye @KWCosby #CAN'TmissEvent #ssclive

What to Expect at the Angela Conference

In this short recap of the 2017 Angela Project Conference, Baptists from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., and the Progressive National Baptist Convention convened in Louisville, Ky., for a gather for this inaugural event focused on racial justice and education hosted by Simmons College of Kentucky @ the Annual Session of the NBCA, Intl. Inc.

Five Compelling Reasons to Attend the Angela Project Conference 2018

1. 50 years after the death of MLK in 1968, from housing to home ownership, to unemployment, to wealth, to mass incarceration, Black America has not progressed, indeed has regressed.

2. The wealth gap is widening between White America and Black America. Black America is denied access to the American Dream.

3. Very soon, Black America will have zero wealth.

4. We need solutions to prevent Black America from becoming a permanent underclass.

5. Re-designation as “Descendants of Slaves” will move all of America toward remedies for black America.

Simmons College Dedicates New Student Housing

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, Simmons College was able to sponsor the dedication of two new buildings in the California Community of Louisville, Kentucky. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us, the dedication of The "Reverend Charles Elliott Hall" and The "Reverend Johnnie Clark Hall."

Angela Project 2018: The Illusion of Inclusion

Simmons College of Kentucky in Conjunction with the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., The Progressive National Convention, Inc. and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship presents "The Angela Project." The Illusion of Inclusion: 50 Years of Downward Mobility in Black America.

The Angela Project is a 3-Year Movement Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Black Enslavement in America. Join us as we set a new trajectory for the next 400 years!

The Speakers: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dedrick Assante-Muhammad, Lezli Baskerville, Yvette Carnell, Rev. Joe Phelps & Antonio Moore with Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Conference Convener. Conference Rate: Both Days $50 // $20 One Day Only.

NAACP Announces Voter Registration Campaign

Mr. Raoul Cunningham, President, Louisville Branch of the NAACP led the press conference to announce a kick off for a Voter Registration Campaign and has secured partnerships with several community service organizations including Simmons College of Kentucky, EmpowerWest & St. Stephen Church to mobilize voter registration for the upcoming elections.

West Louisville Forum feat Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore

Simmons College of Kentucky presents the June edition of the West Louisville Forum, Solutions for Urban America. Join us June 6th as we welcome special guest speakers Social Analyst & Founder of BreakingBrown.com Yvette Carnell and Social Analyst & Emmy Nominated Produce Antonio Moore. Our topic is 10 myths about closing the racial gap.

Simmons Fundraiser Celebrates the Black Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby

Simmons College of Kentucky Presents A Race to Greatness: A Celebration of the Black Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby Featuring Speaker John Asher, Historian, Churchill Downs, Performance by: Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre & Simmons College of Kentucky Marching Band.

Simmons College Celebrates MLK50 Anniversary Commemoration: A Day of Remembrance

Simmons College of Kentucky is hosting a Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50th Anniversary Commemoration: A Day of remembrance April 4, 2018. The event will feature a worship service with special guest speaker Dr. M. Christopher Brown, II, President Kentucky State University. Dr. Brown will be speaking at St. Stephen Church Worship Center. Churches are invited to participate by ringing their bells 39 times at 6:00pm marking the approximate time Dr. King was assassinated. Bells are to be rung again at 7:05 pm marking the time when he was pronounced dead. If no bells are available, a moment of silence may be observed. Individuals may also honk car horns at the above times.

EmpowerWest: Mayor Fischer, here's how Louisville can begin to repair the damage of racism

EmpowerWest clergy coalition calls on Mayor Greg Fischer to help with racial restoration and reconciliation through a new commission.

West Louisville Forum Examines Impact of Black Enslavement in America Today

Simmons College of Kentucky @SCKY_1879 West Louisville Forum, March 2018. The Guest Speaker was Rochelle Riley, Author, Topic “The Burden: A Look at the Continued Impact of Black Enslavement in America Today!” @KWCosby @ssclive.

Grand Opening Of West Louisville’s Only Black-Owned Florist – Mayor Fischer Attends Ribbon Cutting

The latest West Louisville business to open is Dn Surprise Florist located at 2001 West Broadway Suite 2. Owners Davin Anderson and his mother Sherrell Anderson have over 20 years experience as florists.

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Religious leaders launch initiative at Simmons College promoting racial justice and leadership.

(WDRB) Leaders from some of the largest Christian organizations in the country are in Louisville this week to help launch an initiative honoring a civil rights pioneer.

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Redlining, City Wide Book Read Featured in News

Louisville's history of redlining a central feature in this arcticle by Louisville Public Media. Three EmpowerWest pastors discuss Rothstein's "The Color of Law" and the local impact of redlining.