PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:
Two keynotes will headline the ACSA Region#15, Pasadena Unified School District Women’s History Month event on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School (990 Allen Ave., Pasadena).
By News Desk
Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation will be talking to the audience via Webex and Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative has provided a prerecorded keynote. The theme for the assembly is My Body, My Choice, Our Rights.
Byllye Avery is a health care activist whose work began in the early 1970s when she and other feminists co-founded the Gainesville Women’s Health Center and Birthplace. She then founded The National Black Women’s Health Project and later, the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She has won numerous awards including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for Social Contribution and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Dolores Huerta is the President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She is a celebrated Latina labor leader, activist and community organizer. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers Union. Dolores is a two-time US Presidential Award Recipient; she received the Medal of Freedom Award from President Obama in 2012, the highest civilian award in the United States, and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998.
PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald said, “We are truly honored that these two stalwarts in the fight for women’s rights and human rights are here to inspire a new generation. Undoubtedly, our students will benefit from the valuable lesson they will learn from Ms. Huerta and Ms. Avery.”
Women’s History Month Assembly
The ACSA Region #15 PUSD Women’s History Month Assembly was co-created in 2018 by Principal Lori Touloumian and PUSD Trustee Jennifer Hall Lee. Ms. Touloumian said, “The essays and artwork from our PUSD students are phenomenal, and we are deeply honored to have Bylllye Avery and Dolores Huerta as keynotes this year as both are recognized as renowned trailblazers for women’s rights”
Board member Jennifer Hall Lee added, “The outpouring of support for this assembly is amazing to me, but I shouldn’t be surprised because the PUSD is a forward-thinking school district and I’m happy that our students, faculty and staff are so supportive and excited.”
The March 22 assembly is free and will focuses on the history of women in the United States, including the women’s liberation movement as it looks to the future of women’s rights in the United States and globally.
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