Legacies of Suffrage in the NPS
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The event will begin at 3 p.m. From 2:30-3 p.m., please enjoy a selection of historical photos provided by the Women's Rights National Historical Park.
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution, and the right to vote in the U.S. could no longer be denied on the basis of sex. The fight for women’s suffrage was successful, but it was complex and interwoven with issues of civil and political rights for all Americans. Women's Rights National Historical Park, along with many other sites in the National Park Service, strives to share the complicated legacies of the women's suffrage movement "for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."
This program explores suffrage history through the legacies of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Maggie Walker. Coline Jenkins, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., and Liza Mickens represent four significant figures in civil rights history and work to carry on and build upon the activist history in their family trees.
The program will be followed by a live Q&A on Zoom about the history, significance, and legacy of the fight for women's suffrage.
This program is funded by a grant from the National Park Foundation.
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- Coline Jenkins
Coline Jenkins is a legislator, author, television producer, and the great, great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who launched the Woman Suffrage Movement in 1848. She is also the great granddaughter of Harriot Stanton Blatch, a major organizer of New York State woman suffrage during its 1913-1915 militant period. Ms. Jenkins grew up campaigning for women’s rights and firmly believes equality is attainable. President and co-founder of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust, Coline shares its treasures with Museums, Presidential Libraries, Documentary Film Makers, TV programs and Publishers. Dedicated to inspiring both awareness and pride in Woman’s History, this lending practice fulfills their mission - To preserve the history of the women’s rights movement, to educate the public on this history, and to promote advancement of women’s rights. Ms. Jenkins is a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut where she has served as a municipal legislator for thirty years. Her 2009 testimony before the U.S. Senate contributed to federal legislation being passed to create a national trail of historic sites known as The National Votes for Women Trail. Ms Jenkins tireless work as the Vice President of MonumentalWomen.org will prove valuable for years to come with the creation of the first statue of real women in New York’s Central Park of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, in recognition of the centennial of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment.
- Kenneth Morris Jr.
Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great-grandson of Frederick Douglass). Ken’s life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called. Ken continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as cofounder and president of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). His career and life path are driven by a clear focus on FDFI’s mission“[t]o Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.” He could not have predicted that one day he would so fully embrace and be defined by the characteristics that so closely defined his famous ancestors. FDFI brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery. As part of the present-day abolitionist movement, FDFI educates young people about all forms of forced servitude and inspires them to action. Current FDFI projects include PROTECT, a partnership with two California-based nonprofit organizations, 3Strands Global and Love Never Fails, to provide grade-level appropriate, state standard-compliant human trafficking prevention education to thousands of California schoolchildren from grade school to high school and the One Million Abolitionists project, which with a wide range of partners including the National Park Service, educational institutions, community organizations, and individuals will print and distribute one million copies of a special Bicentennial edition of Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, to young people across the country through the 2018 celebration of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth. Ken received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of La Verne in California in January 2012. In June 2012, he received the inaugural National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom’s Frederick Douglass Underground Railroad Legacy Award in recognition of his commitment to promoting social change through activism that addresses contemporary social issues. In January 2014, Ken was the first man to be awarded the Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. In April 2016, he received the Anne Frank Change the World Award from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and in November 2017, he received the National Association of African American Honors Programs Legacy Keeper Award. In 2018, Ken has received awards including the Award for Excellence from Washington College, Wind Beneath My Wings from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Frederick Douglass Medal from the Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies at the University of Rochester. Ken is a director of the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project and an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Human Rights First. In November 2017, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi named him to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission where he serves as Commission Chair. Ken received a B.A. in Religion from the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies at the University of La Verne. He strongly believes, as did Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, that education is the pathway to freedom.
- Liza Mickens
Liza Mickens is a recent graduate of James Madison University where she studied Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is the great, great-granddaughter of Maggie Lena Walker, the first African American woman to found and charter a bank in America and to run for statewide office in Virginia. Liza has grown up sharing her relative's story. Last year she became involved in the VARatifyERA campaign to advocate for Virginia to become the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Liza is living in New York City and pursuing her dream of working in the fashion industry.
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