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Stand With Women & Families Women’s Equality Day March August 26

Equality March

Durham, NC – Celebrate the victories for equality that women have won on August 26th at the Stand with Women and Families Women’s Equality Day March in downtown Durham. This is also an opportunity to rededicate yourselves to eliminating all discrimination against women. This year’s theme is “We Rise Now!

Participants will gather at 9:30 am at the Durham County Health Department on 414 E Main St and march to the American Tobacco Campus on Blackwell St. to enjoy a terrific rally, excellent speakers, performance artists, skits, live music bands, exhibitors, children’s activities and good food from local restaurants on campus. The Rally is scheduled to end at 1 pm.

In conjunction with this event, there will be a press conference August 24th at 10 am at CCB Plaza, Downtown Durham and Women’s Empowerment meeting and training scheduled August 25th at the Mission Post at 6 pm

“Women’s Equality Day” commemorates the certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which legally assured the right to vote for all American women–white and black. However, state laws and racial intimidation at the polls–especially in the South—would continue to disenfranchise the vote of black women until the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This occasion has been celebrated since 1973 by Presidential Proclamation after a bill introduced by Congresswoman Bella Abzug.

The victory of “Women’s Equality Day” will be recognized at the march and rally. This special occasion will provide the opportunity to join forces to push forward on eliminating all discrimination against women. Sponsored by Action NC, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, NC Women United, NC ERA, NC Women Matter, NC NOW, NC Women Advance, NC Black Women’s Roundtable, Durham County Women’s Commission, Working America, and WomenNC.


Keynote Speaker: Award Winning Author and Commentator on TV One’s NewsOne Now, Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever

Equality NC board member and LGBTQ Activist, and National Speaker Candis Cox

NC Senator Erica Smith-Ingram

Erin Dale Byrd with the BlackWomen’s Roundtable

Nia Wilson from Spirit house

Desmera Gatewood Witness for Peace

Beth Messersmith with MomsRIsing

Tara Romano with NCNARAL

Pilar Rocha-Goldberg with ElCentro

Beth Dehghan WomenNC

Dr. Michelle Laws with Action NC

Entertainment by NuEpiphany and Walltown Children’s Theater.

Sponsored by

Action NC, NC National Organization for Women, NC Black Women’s

Roundtable, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, NC Women Advance, NC Women United,

NC4ERA, NC Women Matter, Durham County Women’s Commission, Working

America and WomenNC

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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