Leader Walter Hutchins dies at 91

Leader Walter Hutchins dies at 91

Walter Hutchins was a Louisville community Leader who was best known as the producer of the African American History Month Cultural Events Calendar.

Community Leader Walter Hutchins Passed away

The demise of Louisville community Leader Walter Hutchins has saddened the community. His demise was announced by the Kentucky Center for African American heritage through their Facebook page where they announced the death of Walter Hutchins at the age of 91. However, his cause of death has not been revealed.  

They wrote

“ With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of a beloved community leader, Baba Walter Hutchins. Walter was a valuable KCAAH board member who contributed his time and wisdom. But he was best known throughout Louisville as the publisher of the African American History Month Cultural Events Calendar for 28 years” .

He was best known as the producer of the African American History Month Cultural Events Calendar.

A Brief Account of Walter Hutchins’ Early Life, His Family, and His Age

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.

Walter Hutchins

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.

Hutchins’ contribution to the community

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.

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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.

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