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Women's Equality Day Celebration

Saturday, August 21, 2021 | 2 - 4 PM

Hallett Oak Gallery | 115 N. Main Street | Hallettsville

The Journey to Suffrage for Women:

Many Roads to One Destination 

A Special Presentation by Naomi Mitchell Carrier

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973,  the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. 

While the passage of the 19th Amendment is often considered to the the victorious end to women's  struggle for suffrage, it is really one important stop on a longer journey for the right to vote for all women in the United States.

Naomi Mitchell Carrier, a noted educator, historian, performing artist, and author, will be our special guest for our 2021 Women's Equality Day Celebration at the beautiful Hallet Oak Gallery on Hallettsville's historic courthouse square. She will help us round out our understanding of the journey for women's suffrage in the United States by sharing information and stories on the roads to suffrage that are too often overlooked.

Please join us for what promises to be a truly memorable afternoon! There is no charge to attend, and all are welcome! 

Naomi Mitchell Carrier, M.Ed., is a consummate educator, historian, performing artist, and author specializing in Black Music, Texas History, and heritage tourism. She has used her gifts to educate in the public arena for 40 years, at festivals, museums, schools and universities, libraries, and historic sites, with exhibits, musicals, black history classes, workshops, and heritage tours. She began her career as a classroom teacher and has been a principal and retired professor from Houston Community College. Naomi is the founder and Executive Director of  The Texas Center for African American Living History and has family roots in Sweet Home.

Carrier’s education includes Texas Southern University; University of North Texas; St. Thomas University, Houston; Harvard Graduate Department of Education; and Rice University Scholar in Residence for her book, Reconstruction Era Texas. Other important achievements are I Am Annie Mae, the Musical, premiered at St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX in 1987; and Go Down, Old Hannah: The Living History for African American Living History, published by the University of Texas Press in 2010.


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