'Our Shawnee' gives voice to under-represented neighborhoods

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 9:04 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A book that gives a voice to those who are often overlooked, their neighborhoods under-represented will be launched May 21 at the Muhammad Ali Center.

The neighborhoods in the book include Shawnee, Portland, Iroquois and Algonquin.

Eight students who attend the Academy at Shawnee, formerly Shawnee High School, share their personal stories, hopes and dreams. Some of the stories, though, are tough to read.

It's all part of the Louisville Story Program, giving students the opportunity to spend last summer in writing workshops telling their stories.

It's now in a book called "Our Shawnee." Stories include drug-addicted parents, gangs, but also hopes and fears.

The book launch will be from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. "Our Shawnee" will be available for $15.

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