Dr. Thomas Hanchett is serving as the Historian-in-Residence for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. In this role, he has given frequent talks at libraries around the county, until the COVID-19 shutdown put an end to any such gatherings. Tom hasn't let that stop him, though. He will give a talk on "Women Changing Charlotte" live on the Library's Facebook page this Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m.
The talk will focus on women who changed Charlotte, focusing on the 1970s and 80s. In the public as well as the private sector, women seized the opportunity to lead, proving that they belonged, opening the way for women to come, and changing the city of Charlotte. To register for this event, click here.
This discussion is part of the Engage 2020 summer series, which will prepare us for the August 26 centennial of the 19th Amendment. This amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. In this election year, the Library is partnering with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) offering programs like this one to encourage everyone to look back at what has been accomplished in the past and to move forward with empowerment to make a difference in one's own community.
Engage 2020 runs from May through November 2020 online and at community locations around Mecklenburg County as allowed by the COVID crisis. Read more about Engage 2020 here.