Every November, community leaders lead a vigil to commemorate the anniversary of Bobby Ellis’ death. Ellis, a 9 year-old boy, died of malnutrition on Thanksgiving Eve in his Louisville home in 1969. His death sparked the Dare to Care movement. All are welcome to attend the vigil, and this community event is free to attend.
The 2017 Bobby Ellis Memorial Vigil was held on Sunday, November 19th. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Dare to Care’s Brian Riendeau, Interfaith Paths to Peace’s Haleh Karimi, and Louisville Urban League’s Sadiqa Reynolds spoke at the gathering at the Louisville Urban League. Afterward, there was a candle-lit walk to the site of Ellis’ home at the corner of Eddy and Hodge. There, the group gathered for a brief interfaith service led by Karimi. Afterward, the gathering returned to the Urban League for dispersal.