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.
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