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2023 Derby Diversity Week

May 1, 2023 @ 11:00 am 6:00 pm

The week preceding the first Saturday in May, known to those in the know as “Derby Week,” attracts more than 1.5 million visitors to Louisville, KY, making it a premier spot to meet business and community leaders, celebrities, politicians, and just about everyone who is anyone. People come together to enjoy numerous related galas, parties, and concerts. 

We believe that Derby Week is more than just a place and time. It’s an opportunity for growth, both personally and professionally. A chance to not only make beautiful memories to cherish and have a fantastic amount of fun but to connect with people that can truly enrich your life in so many ways.  

But for too long, minorities have not had easy access to all the Derby season has to offer, despite having had a long historical contribution. Of the first fifteen Derby races, thirteen were won by Black sportsmen. They were then banished from the sport, destroying income streams for many Black families committed to the horse racing industry. Across decades, the Latinx community has made outstanding but unheralded contributions to the sport, including roles in backside maintenance and as prominent jockeys.

Derby Diversity week is the vehicle that allows us to participate and make an impact our way. With business by day and festival by night. 

Derby Diversity

Kentucky International Convention Center

221 S. 4th St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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