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LWV of Tyler - Smith County, presented 3 "Making Democracy Work" awards at their Women's Equality Day celebration event

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I am a community publicist in East Texas since 1985. In this role, I have covered thousands of special events. I am also the founder of the founder Tour Tyler Texas and the Texas African American Museum both programs are under the auspices of the Empowerment Community Development Corporation - Clarence Edmond (Shabba) Shackelford.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a "nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit dedicated to empowering everyone to fully participate in our democracy. Founded in 1920, its ongoing major activities have been registering voters, providing voter information, and advocating for voting rights.

The League of Women Voters of Tyler - Smith County celebrated their Women's Equality Day celebration event at the Tyler Public Library in Tyler, Texas on August 27, 2022.

Jessilyn Taylor aka Jaay sings {If I Ain't Got You} by Alicia Augello Cook aka Alicia Keys, at the LWV of Tyler - Smith County, Women's Equality Day celebration event in Tyler August 2022.

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The mistress of ceremonies was Shandel Menezes from CBS19, with a keynote address from Meredith May. Entertainment was provided by Jessilyn Taylor. The League of Women Voters of Tyler - Smith County presented their Making Democracy Work Awards to Suzanne Farr from the TISD Foundation, Suzy Shepherd from Shine, and Susan Campbell, the Executive Director of CampV.

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L to R: Queen Davon Ferguson of the Texas African American Museum and Shandel Menezes from CBS19- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Suzy Shepherd the Founder and Director of SHINE cutting the ribbon at the SHINE location in Tyler- Photo image submitted to M1Y

At SHINE, We Light the Way for Single Moms! We do this by offering community and support to women who parent alone. Our Shine Coffee Shop and Interactive Art Exhibit, located in downtown Tyler, is the place where you can come and see our purpose at work! -SHINE

Video from FaceBook - Suzy Shepherd the Founder and Director of SHINE

Suzy Stjernstrom Shepherd, founder and executive director of SHINE, founded in 2019 with a mission of lighting the way for single moms. SHINE hosts support groups in partnership with local churches and organizations offers direct resources including counseling and offers long-term housing with a full spectrum of services during a transitional two-year period.

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2nd from the left - Suzette Farr as the Executive Director of the Tyler ISD Foundation- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

We are pleased to announce Suzette Farr as the Executive Director of the Tyler ISD Foundation! “Suzette is an experienced leader who will skillfully guide the Foundation in fulfilling its mission,” Tyler ISD Foundation Board President George Faber said. “She is passionate about public education and shares our deep commitment to supporting teachers, students, staff, administrators, and family members associated with Tyler ISD. She brings an array of experience in nonprofit leadership, communications, and fundraising.” -Tyler ISD Foundation on August 31, 2021 social media post

Suzette Farr is an award-winning philanthropist and strategic marketing professional who is the first BBA nonprofit management graduate from LeTourneau University. Suzette has served on many community nonprofit boards and recently joined Tyler ISD Foundation as the executive director.

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2nd from the left - Susan Campbell is co-founder and Board Chair of the East Texas Veterans Community Council- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

Susan Campbell is co-founder and Board Chair of the East Texas Veterans Community Council since it’s creation in 2017. Her motivation for CampV is two-fold: marriage to a Veteran Navy Officer and the suicides of several friends who served in Vietnam. Susan’s professional background centers on sales, marketing and training. She volunteered for 11 years with the American Red Cross in Public Affairs; was deployed to 7 disasters: hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding; and served as the Financial Development Director at the Smith County American Red Cross Chapter. -CampVtyler.org/board-member-bios

Susan Campbell, co-founder and board chair of the East Texas Veterans Community Council since its creation in 2017. The mission of Camp V is to integrate military and civilian resources through one central location providing efficient and effective support and fellowship for veterans, active duty, reserves, guards, and their families.

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Rubye Kendrick, President of LWV of Tyler - Smith County- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

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Entertainment by Jessilyn Taylor- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

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Entertainment by Jessilyn Taylor- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

The Keynote Address, "The Spirit of Houston: Second Wave Feminism and the 1977 National Women's Conference," will be given by Dr. Meredith May. She is Assistant Chair of Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences and a history professor at Kilgore College. She obtained her Ph.D. at Texas Christian University where she studied twentieth-century American history, particularly as it impacted Texas women. She also serves as part of the team of researchers for the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project.

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Keynote address by Dr. Meredith May, Kilgore College- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

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Dee Pendleton- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

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Welcome by LaRhonda Hamilton - Vice President, Community Relations- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

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Nancy Crawford- Photo by M1Y - Clarence Shackelford TEXT 903.253.5099 - for Tour Tyler Texas

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Rubye Kendrick, President of LWV of Tyler - Smith County and Queen Davon Ferguson of the Texas African American Museum- Photo image submitted to M1Y

Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County was founded in 1952 as a chapter of the national organization League of Women Voters of the United States, which was created after the 75-year struggle to gain the vote for women ended with the passage of the 19th amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1919.

What Does the League Stand For?

The League Principles are concepts of government to which all Leagues subscribe. They are the beliefs shared by League members everywhere. Principles are the basis upon which national, state, and local program is adopted. The Principles themselves may be used to take action at any level of government. However, because they are broad statements, such action is usually taken in conjunction with current League positions. Additional information on their usage is found in the LWVUS publication Impact on Issues.

What Does the League Do?

Provides information to voters, works to involve residents in community issues, and studies and advocates on important topics related to government, the administration of justice, the environment, and social policy. Member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.

Who Joins the League?

Voting membership in the League is open to men and women of voting age. Non-citizens and under 18 are urged to join as an associate or as non-voting members.

Sources: https://www.TourTylerTexas.org, https://www.EmpowermentCDC.org, https://www.campvtyler.org/board-member-bios, http://www.shinelighttheway.com, and https://www.tylerisd.org/o/tyler-isd-foundation

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