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Date: 2/4/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

How will you celebrate Black History Month?  Check out events in City of Orlando.  Visit the website of Orange County's own Wells' Built Museum and visit a current exhibit This Was Home at the Orange County Regional History Center.

There are as many ways to celebrate Black History Month as there are people in the world. Luckily, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has you covered!
And don't forget to register for next week's virtual FEB 10 Hot Topics!
Register HERE ~The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity - 2/10/2021  According to “The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time …
While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective…
The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.”

Our panel will be moderated by broadcast journalist, Renata Sago and include ASALH local chapter President, Karen Adampoulos, and Connie L. Lester, Ph.D. of UCF’s Department of History.
(Shown below, scenes from previous years of Hot Topics Black History Months)

Healing Our Communities

If you really, sincerely want to help close the Great American Divide between red & blue, left & right, liberal & conservative, listen up.

We can point you in the right direction, thanks to what we learned at Thursday’s League of Women Voters Hot Topics Zoom event – a joint venture of the Seminole and Orange LWV organizations.

Billed as “Healing Our Communities,” the timely program highlighted two approaches to bridging the divide – one presented by Dr. Thomas Bryer, program director of the Office of Downtown Community-Engaged Scholarship of the University of Central Florida, and the second by Liz Joyner, founder and CEO of the Tallahassee-based Village Square educational forum.

Attention Leaguers!  On FEB 18 at 7PM, The League of Women Voters of the US is hosting a Lens Event applying a DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) lens to virtual events planning including annual meetings, memberships meetings, MORE Info HERE
All League members should be receiving email updates from our national League.  If you have not seen these, check your spam file and move them accordingly to your primary email file.

Amanda Lewis
Corinna Hamilton
Kelsey King
 Who's missing here?  Your friend, your colleague, your family member!
Encourage any students you know to join as their membership is free!
And don't forget to renew your own membership!

The Nominating Committee is hard at work setting the slate for the next Board of Directors. If you would be interested in serving on the Board or know someone who would make a great addition please contact Nominating Committee Chair (shown above when we were only worried about Facebook Live the good old days) Sara Rich at
Find out more about our current Board HERE and envision yourself in a leadership role for 2021-2022.

If your membership has lapsed, log in and RENEW your Membership
FREE membership for all students!!
And don't forget, men make up a sizeable % of our League.  Encourage the men in your life to join us.


The League of Women Voters of Orange County is proud to partner with the Orange County Regional History in an online Women’s History Month Celebration honoring Mabel Norris Reese (1914-1995), the determined Central Florida journalist who fought fearlessly for justice and took on the Ku Klux Klan. 

The program will highlight Reese’s career at the helm of the Mount Dora Topic, as she investigated the case of the Groveland Four and other instances of grave injustice. She withstood violent threats, including the firebombing of her home, in her efforts to present the truth and expose her powerful opponents. In 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King brought renewed attention to Reese in his book Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found, which followed Devil in the Grove, about the Groveland case.

Tickets are $25 and benefit the Historical Society of Central Florida. For details and to make reservations, visit (Registration will be open soon

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Register for next week's Hot Topics
  • Celebrate Black History Month online and at local museums
  • Committees are hard at work for 2021 plans.  Join them!
  • Remember to renew your membership because...
  • There's much to be done in 2021!!