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DC Diversity Committee Gathering Sparks Call to Action

(Posted November 1, 2012)

Keynote speaker Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton noted that housing is both “the toughest and most significant Civil Rights challenge,” at Women Moving Their Communities Forward – Integrating with Intention, the TTN-DC’s Diversity Committee event held October 28.

Praising women whose leadership brought neighbors together to “integrate their communities with intention,” she urged women to “grab new leadership challenges” posed by gentrification.  She also had lovely words to say about TTN’s co-founder, Charlotte Frank, who facilitated Congresswoman Norton’s participation as a keynote speaker.

We were also honored to have Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Howard University’s History Department Chair, who introduced Congresswoman Norton, spoke about women’s role in integration and introduced the outstanding panelists who lived in and led these “social experiments” in DC and Shaker Heights, OH. The speakers and the panelists’ stories energized the small group dialogues among members and guests of TTN, National Council of Negro Women, Neighbor’s Inc., and the Capitol Hill Chapter of AAUW.

The small group report outs called for TTN”s Diversity Committee and our partners to move the conversations into a plan of action. One TTN member captured the feeling of many by stating that the program was, “Unbelievably enlightening…it was educational, inspirational and challenging!”

For more information, please contact Isabelle Schoenfeld, is.schoenfeld@verizon.net, head of the DC chapter’s Diversity Committee.

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