In 2020 the League of Women Voters celebrated its Centennial, with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the establishment of the League. Our centennial has been a time to honor the women who came before us and how far women have come but also to acknowledge how discriminatory practices, attitudes, and beliefs that did not welcome or recognize the black women who worked for Suffrage.
At the National, State and our Local levels, the League is committed to learning from the past to shape a fairer more inclusive future. Today, the President of the League of Women Voters is Dr. Deborah Ann Turner. She is a physician, lawyer, black woman from Mason City, Iowa. Dr. Turner says Black History Month is a time for celebration and education and the League must evaluate how the League can be an ally to help make change in our country.
Last summer, the League of Women Voters Edina established the goal to advocate and participate in local action to eradicate discrimination and systemic racism. We have established the Racial Justice Action Committee focusing on:
1. The LWVE and Racial Justice - Our Past, Our Present, Our Future
2. Voting Rights is a Racial Justice Issue
3. Learning and Unlearning: The History of Whiteness and Racism.
There is much work to be done to even make progress to improve long standing inequities we have lived with for centuries. If not now, when? LWVE invites you to join us in the efforts to learn about the history, examine the present and shape the future of racial justice in Edina.
Colleen Feige LWVE President
Katie Oberle Racial Justice Action Committee Chair