Leah Goodwin, Raphael Castellanos and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole
Leah Goodwin (left) and Jan Carpenter Tucker (right) flank some of the honorees who are included in the exhibit: Harold K. Brown, Robert Matthews, Tom Owen-Towle, Vernon Sukumu, and Elizabeth Riggs*
Angela Rickman, a guest at the opening reception, views the exhibit at City Hall
The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit had its inaugural display in the main lobby of the City Administration Building, 202 “C” Street, downtown San Diego from Friday, August 7 to Tuesday, August 18, 2015. A public opening reception was held on Friday, August 7, 2015.
That week in history celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Voting Rights Act being signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73) on August 6, 1965. The Voting Rights Act aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States. The act significantly widened the franchise and is considered among the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in United States history.
The exhibit consists of fifteen panels that honor and reflect on stories of our own San Diego civil rights history, and honors San Diego’s living leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit showcases some of the leaders, from those who organized the Congress of Racial Equality movement in San Diego to our local leaders and changemakers who took the first steps in the long journey of standing up for justice.
This exhibit was created by Leah Goodwin and is dedicated to her father, James C. Goodwin, Tuskegee Airman, who flew in the 332nd, and led a life dedicated to civil rights, social justice and peace, for instilling in her the knowledge and pride in history.
Project collaborators include The Office of Councilmember Myrtle Cole; Jan Carpenter Tucker, J. L. Carpenter Design (designer of the banner display); Sherehe Hollins, EMPOWER Consulting (coordination and editing of materials); and the Harold K. Brown Collection, a part of the San Diego State University Library Special Collections and University Archives.
For more information, please contact Leah Goodwin at (619) 840-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Judge Elizabeth Riggs and Robert Matthews are now deceased.
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By Leah Goodwin August 8, 2015
As soon as I turned eighteen
I knew that voting was my privilege it was a way to be seen
Because my ancestors stood tall through the long fight
they were jailed and even died for the right
I walk to the polls in symbolic ritual
Hearing the songs of those old negro spirituals
In honor carrying my legacy in my heart
Pencil in hand I know how to start
Committed to a country
that continues to be racist and betray me
To make a change to have a voice
To stand up for my own choice
We need the right laws
And even if the system has its flaws
I remember the lives lost, those who never will know me… made a way
I remember them silently when I pray
And I vote.
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On behalf of the Sempra Energy HQ LDIC, I want to thank you so much for speaking at our Black History Month Lunch-N-Learn today! It was such a pleasure meeting you both and your engaging presentations were fantastic! Being able to bring both a local and national perspective on some of the civil rights struggles of the past and what work is still to be done was valuable and informative. I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Best regards, Amy G. Nefouse, Sempra Energy ... See MoreSee Less
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