Women’s March Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Rally and Celebration of Septima P. Clark

The official South Carolina chapter of Women’s March will be commemorating the one year anniversary of the historic Women’s March on Washington by honoring the legacy of Septima P. Clark and hosting the Charleston Rally for Electoral Justice on Saturday, January 20th from 12 pm to 4 pm at Brittlebank Park.

Clark was a Charleston native, educator, and civil rights activist. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter honored her with a Living Legacy Award. She also received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, in 1982. You can learn more about her here.

The event will feature the following speakers:
  • State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, SC District 66 (Keynote Speaker)
  • State Rep. Wendy Brawley, SC District 70
  • Shayla Flores, former mayoral candidate of Chapin, SC
  • The Indigenous Women’s Alliance of South Carolina
  • Vanessa Moody-Laird, Chairwoman with Indivisible Charleston
  • Vanity Deterville, LGBTQI Advocate and Playwright
  • Lee Anne Leland, LGBTQI Rights Advocate & Co-Facilitator of the Charleston Area Transgender Group
  • Aisha Stephanie Miller, Knowledge Erases Hate
  • Regina “Gina Mocha” Duggins, Poet, Author & LGBTQI
  • and more

Here's the organization's explanation of the event:

"In calling for Electoral Justice, we are advocating for stronger voter protections via equitable and just voting rights. We are calling for the removal of structural and financial barriers that impede women, women of color and all members of marginalized communities from running for office. We are calling for an end to voter suppression. We are demanding that our governing bodies be more reflective of the people they serve. It is our goal to truly democratize the electoral process and to achieve justice for all of us.

In keeping with its theme, this event is designed to energize and mobilize attendees in preparation for statewide elections taking place in 2018. The event also will center its messaging in the experiences of citizens from marginalized communities and will stress the importance of their voices being heard and their needs being met."

For more information, click here. Organizers are asking you to RSVP here so they can keep a more accurate count of how many attendees to expect.

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