Activists Among Us

April 9, 2010

Last night I went to an event called “Activists Among Us: the Gainesville Women’s Movement Across Generations.” Unfortunately I couldn’t stay until the end because it ran so long, but I was really inspired by the women on the panel. In particular there was a seventy-two-year-old speaker who described the injustices she experienced living in segregated Gainesville as a black woman–and the sometimes humorous ways she challenged racism–so vividly, that I wished many other people I know could have heard her speak. It was very powerful. I also noticed that most of the women kept mentioning another local activist who had inspired them all to become involved in different projects. It reinforced for me how much of an impact one courageous person can have, not to do it all on her own, but to help others believe that they too should find their voices.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown speaking at the introduction:

Activists Among Us

Women and men in the audience standing up if they were ever members of various activist groups, like the League of Women Voters, Gainesville Women’s Liberation, and others, or even if they ever participated in a protest against social injustice:

Activists Among Us

Activists Among Us

2 Responses to “Activists Among Us”

  1. Nashvegan Says:

    Small world: I used to intern for Congresswoman Brown.

  2. lavietoni Says:

    Awesome! Since I’m from Clay County she was my Representative :)

    I know you had a good internship experience in college, was that the one?


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