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Women Flying High Celebrates
Women's Equality Day
Rev. Lowery Delivers Tribute to Women
Atlanta, GA - “Where would we be as a people without black Women?” asked civil rights icon, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, as he saluted women during Women Flying High’s Reception and Conversation on Women held last week at the historic King Center in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.
Addressing an audience of over 100 of Atlanta’s ‘who’s who,’ the recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient continued, “Women have been our mothers, our wives, teachers, cooks, managers, analysts, and doctors. They’ve been everything to the black experience.”
The program featured a comprehensive conversation on women's health care and the ballot power of women, followed by special reception. Moderated by Atlanta Daily World publisher, Alexis Scott, panelists for the discussion included: Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Judge Leah Ward Sears, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia; Dr. Sarah Berga, ObGyn Emory School of Medicine; and Evelyn Gibson Lowery, founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. and Rev. Bernice King, associate minister, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also addressed the gathering.
Recent college graduates from Mayor Franklin’s Mayor’s Youth Program and seventh graders from Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy paid tribute to women cabinet level appointees in the Obama Administration. The King Center, Georgia Coalition of Black Women (GCBW),Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, SCLC, Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory Medical School joined Women Flying High as co-hosts of the annual Women’s Equality Day event.
“I am pleased to see so many young people turn out for this important event,” said Rita Jackson Samuels, president of Women Flying High. “It’s important for people – especially women - to fully appreciate women’s strength at the ballot box; we are the majority registered voters. Women’s Equality Day is an official celebration of women’s voting rights. It can be celebrated, authorized and advanced by various levels of governments throughout the United States, that’s our message during this celebration, ” Samuels adds.
Women’s Equality Day was established in 1971 by Congresswoman Bella Abzug to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920. XIX Amendment to the Constitution of the United States The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation proclaiming August 26 as Women’s Equality Day nationally. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue also issued a proclamation recognizing Women’s Equality Day. To read both proclamations visit Women Flying high website at www.womenflyinghigh.com.
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