Black Scene Millennium is a quarterly magazine that uses journalism, history, and art to document African American culture and life in Louisville, Kentucky.
The magazine is a reimagining of Black Scene, the publication founded by Louisville Civil Rights activist Rev. Leo Lesser in 1973 after a failed mayoral bid. Lesser wanted to create a news and cultural forum for the River City’s Black community. The magazine ceased publication in 1976 and was nearly forgotten until Dolores Delahanty, the widow of one of the editors, came across 17 issues stored in her basement. Dolores gave them to her granddaughter, artist Katherine Delahanty. After reading through the issues, Katherine realized how relevant the material still was to contemporary Louisville. So, she joined forces with local journalist and author Michael L. Jones to publish a new version of the magazine. The first issue was released in October 2020 at the Roots 101 African American Museum in downtown Louisville.
Black Scene Millennium Editor Michael L. Jones has spent more than 25 years as a journalist. He served as a staff writer for the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO) and the Louisville Courier-Journal and was the Managing Editor of the APH Press, which produces textbooks for the American Printing House for the Blind. His work has also appeared in Oxford-American magazine, the Utne Reader, Insider Louisville, and Food & Dining magazine. Jones is the author of three books, “Second-Hand Stories: 15 Portraits of Louisville," “Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee,” which won the Samuel Thomas Book Award in 2015 as best local history, and "The Soulful Sounds of Derbytown: A History of Louisville’s African American Musicians and Entertainers."
The original Black Scene was published from 1973 to 1976. The magazine was founded by Leo Lesser, who died in 1974. Publisher C. Milton Young carried on the magazine for two more years. Below are some of the covers from the original magazine.
Black Scene Millennium wants to bridge the gap between emerging and established writers and artists by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. Inquiries about potential articles, columns, or artwork should be sent to Michael L. Jones at [email protected].
Black Scene Millennium is a nonprofit magazine that is put together by an all-volunteer staff. We are always looking for people to work events or help with magazine distribution. If you are interested please email [email protected].
Black Scene is here for the community. We would appreciate any donations to help keep this going.