Walter Hutchins was a Louisville community Leader who was best known as the producer of the African American History Month Cultural Events Calendar. Walter Hutchins Was born in 1931 and was 91 years old when he passed away. He was best known for 28 years as the producer of the African American History Month Cultural Events Calendar. He resided in Louisville.
Before it ultimately went to the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage and every branch of the Louisville Free Public Library system, he started making the brochure available at Republic Banks and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. For nearly three decades, he wrote annual calendars of cultural events and released annual booklets on Black cultural activities throughout Kentucky. His calendar began with simply 10 pages and featured everything from Black entertainers to Black speakers. With hundreds of Black cultural events occurring throughout Black History Month in February 2017, that number increased to 44 pages.
Hutchins previously told The Courier-Journal that he first distributed the pamphlet at Republic Banks and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before it inevitably expanded to the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage and all of the Louisville Free Public Library branches.
Along with other influential Black historians in the metro region, he also contributed to the establishment of the 22-stop Self-Guided Tour of Louisville’s Civil Rights History in 2016. For people who are interested in Louisville’s Black heritage, the book includes places to visit and explains why each is significant historically.