Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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gocards.com/bsbtickets LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 127 for an event honoring her mother on March 9. "I can't write about myself without writing about my mother," she says. Ruth Bryant was a history major who worked to get black history taught at JCPS and U of L. In search of her own far-off history, Hamilton and her siblings recently sent off for their DNA profiles and signed up with Ancestry.com, connecting with distant cousins. Recognizing and understanding history propels Hamilton forward. "If you don't know and I don't know, then we're all ignorant," Hamilton says. When I met with her in her office last year, she picked up a signed copy of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? "It could have been written last week," she said. While on the council, one of the last things Hamilton helped set in motion was approval and funding for a historical marker for nationally recognized architect and builder Samuel Plato, who in the early 1900s designed and built a lot of the houses near Hamilton's childhood home. Her parents are now deceased and her siblings live in D.C., but Hamilton has kept up the home. "I'm always getting approached by people that want to buy it," she says, "but it's so hard for black people to get property and to hold on to property and to land. I don't want to let it go." She says development in west Louisville is overdue, and she remains "cautiously optimistic." e city's $65-million budget deficit that has been in the news recently has her concerned. So do reports of puny tax returns for middle-class and poor people. "Maybe some people on the council and in the (state) legislature" — she mentions state representatives Attica Scott and Charles Booker — "will pick up the mantle. "I'm gonna concentrate now on the shoulders on who they stand," she says. "I'm gonna make sure that this history gets recorded."

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