Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Visions of the Past, Inspiration for the Future

YWCA Pasadena Hosting Photo Exhibit Featuring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will be hosting a photo exhibit and reception celebrating the women of the Civil Rights movement, entitled "Visions of the Past, Inspiration for the Future." Photographs of known and unknown heroines of the Civil Rights Era will be displayed in an exhibit on February 28th at the YWCA facility in Pasadena. This exhibit features the work of veteran Southern photojournalist, Boyd Lewis, and highlights the courageous women and allies in the cause for racial equality.

"Women created the struggle for social justice in America," says Lewis, now a Los Angeles teacher living in Altadena. "And we ignore their heroic and often dangerous fight for human rights for all at their peril."  The photographs celebrate well-known women such as Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, and lesser known freedom fighters like Lillian Lewis and Ethel Matthews. There are over 45 black and white documentary photographs to be shown at the exhibit - most of the photos have never been published.
A special presentation during the exhibit will feature guest speaker, Rachel Thomas, a former YWCA member and Muir High School graduate. Ms. Thomas will share her inspiring story of breaking free from human trafficking, and how she uses her experience to help end this violence. Ms. Thomas speaks throughout Southern California, encouraging communities to get educated and get involved in the fight against sex trafficking today.

If you would like to hear more stories about the women of the civil rights movement, please join us at the YWCA's photo exhibit and reception on Friday, February 28th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, located at 1015 N. Lake Ave, Suite 105. The reception also includes food, drinks, and conversation about today’s fight for human rights.

Visions of the Past, Inspiration for the Future:
 Women of the Civil Rights Movement
Friday, February 28, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Special presentation at 5:30
Modern Day Slavery: Sex Trafficking in Our Communities
Rachel Thomas, M. Ed.

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
1015 N. Lake Ave, Suite 105, Pasadena, CA 91104
To RSVP, call 626-296-8433 or email jkubel@ywca-pasadena.org

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