“Voices of Experience” commemorates VRA

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The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum, Pinellas County Urban League, and Pinellas Technical College, presented a community conversation on Thursday, September 24, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

The program featured an accomplished group of speakers/panelists who shared their thoughts and experiences on issues of equity and voting rights. Those in attendance had an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and sign up to record their family history events and personal stories.

The event was held at the Pinellas Technical College as part of the Community Conversation Program Series made possible by Florida Blue. The evening began with a reception at 5:30 pm. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg, began the program with her opening remarks at 6 pm, followed by the speakers/panelists (each name below links to bio):

  • Askia Muhammad Aquil: Activist, social reformer, religious leader and community builder
  • Rene Flowers: Pinellas County School Board Member, District 7
  • Joyce Hamilton-Henry Director of Advocacy for theAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Florida
  • Harry Harvey: Vice-Chair, City of St. Petersburg Housing Authority and Voter Ambassador for the Voter Registration and Education Department of the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office
  • Stephanie Owens-RoysterActing Deputy Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Experience panel

“When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, it was a great day. The Act made the ballot box immediately more accessible to millions of Americans of every race, gender, region, economic status, and national origin. It has been called the most effective legislation of the last 50 years.” Congressman John Lewis

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Don’t miss this Holocaust Museum Exhibit open now!

August 1 @ 10:00 am – December 1 @ 5:00 pm
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” an exhibition of the Center for Documentary Expression and Art” presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers – men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement.