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.


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.


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 Empower list is supported by a variety of community partners. See the list of sponsoring organizations.

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. Jessie Jackson, Dedrick Assant-Muhammad, Yvette Carnell, Rev. Joe Phelps & Antonio Moore with Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Conference Convener. Conference Rate: Both Days $50 // $20 Friday Only or $20 Saturday Only

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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.

Empower West Pastors Endorse Rothstein's "The Color of Law"

Pastors from two local churches speak to the impact of Rothstein's book and the importance of the message that he will bring to the City-Wide Book Read on February 12.

Empower West City-Wide Book Read to Feature Author, Richard Rothstein

Join us February 12th for the City-Wide Book Read featuring Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law. The Empower West Louisville City-Wide Book Read will be held Monday February 12 at 7 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church on Frankfort Avenue. To register find us on Eventbrite. Or for more information call Simmons College of Kentucky at 502 776-1443.