Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in partnership with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Library will host Engage HER: Diverse Voices of Women In the Movement, a virtual event. The event will focus on Black Women's leadership, activism, and the importance of voting in 2020. The James B. Duke Memorial Library at JCSU will join women all over the United States to celebrate and recognize the struggle that leads to the 19th Amendment that gave American women the right to vote.
The event will open with comments from Dr. Karen D. Morgan, JCSU Senior Vice President, followed by a conversation from Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. led by media personality “Chirl Girl” and closing remarks by Dr. Willie Griffin, civil rights scholar, and educator.
Engage HER: Diverse Voices of Women In the Movement will feature a panel discussion with JCSU recent graduates, Laura Salinas, from Toluca Edo. de Mexico immigrated to York, SC, Quaneisha Payne, social justice and political engagement advocate for students voters, Claire Tandoh, founder and organizer of KidzFedUp, a youth-led activist group and Dr. Tekla Johnson, Africana Historian. The event will be moderated by Monika Rhue, JCSU Director of Library Services and Curation.
There will be a special performance by Black Ink Monks, featuring Diashanna Logan poet and writer with videography Andrew Smith. The program activities will also highlight the sounds of the movement and giveaways.
Join us for Engage HER: Diverse Voices of Women In the Movement is a virtual event, October 26, 2020, from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. This program will be live-streamed on the Library's Facebook page and YouTube channel. To add this event to your calendar, click here.
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. To learn more about Engage 2020, click here.