This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom. More information below:
We have often heard of the Suffragists and their 70-year effort to gain the right to vote, but women of color are not often included in the history of the movement, and their stories as activists not told. Who are these women of color activists? Why has history neglected their stories? Our expert historians and activists’ panel will explore how women of color have taken lead roles in shaping US policies and history through the modern day. We will talk about what can we do, working together, to create a society that is open and inclusive to all.
This panel will be moderated by Alison Peters, Adult Services Librarian from the El Cerrito Library. Alison has an English degree from UC Berkeley, MFA from Mills College and MLIS from San Jose State University. She proposed and chairs the Contra Costa Library's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee which was convened in 2019.
Panelists include Dr. Alison M. Parker, History Department Chair and Richards Professor of American History at the University of Delaware. She majored in history and art history at the University of California, Berkeley and earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Parker was an Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University and authored the book Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell. She is currently working on a book on the civil rights activist Mary Hamilton and is founding editor of the Gender and Race in American History book series for the University of Rochester Press. Dr Parker is trained to lead antiracism and racial justice workshops and community conversations.
Panelist Dr. Lori Watson received her BA in Health & Physical Education from Tougaloo College, her MS in Physical Education & Recreation from Jackson State University & her EdD from California State East Bay. In her work as an educator, she helped individuals and organizations to uncover personal and institutional biases in order to elevate racial consciousness and move toward systemic racial transformation. She created "Trust me, Gay is Not the New Black" which addresses the intersectionality of race and gender. She also created "Black Girls Matter Too", which provided an in-depth look at the pathology of living Black and female in America
Panelist Diana Madoshi received a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from Sacramento State University and after retiring from 30 years of nursing has volunteered for non-profits as an event coordinator and planner. Her passion for woman suffrage history led to her being a founding member and co-chair of the 2011 California Centennial Committee that promoted celebratory events across the state. She organizes and promotes programs that teach and inform the community about women's history and achievements for Women's History month. She is a board member of the National Women’s History Alliance and a board member of the League of Women Voters in her county.
Panelist Lauren Babb is a Contra Costa community leader and has spent the last nine years on a series of federal, state and local campaigns. She is the Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood Northern California, is a fierce advocate for women’s equality and has worked to defend the rights of several labor groups across the country. Lauren is an appointed commissioner of the Contra Costa Commission for Women, the Economic Opportunity Council and Contra Costa 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. She is also a board member for Girls Leadership, Contra Costa Young Dems, Contra Costa NOW, and Ensuring Opportunity and a member of the League of Women Voters.
This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom. Please register on this page. On August 26th, the day before the event, those who registered will receive information on how to access the program.