Ladies in Red: “Make a Difference! Register and Vote!”

Black Women, “The First Ladies” of Voter Registration, again leading the way for voting

Pictured are Ladies In Red and members in alphabetical order: Juanita Ambers, Mary Amos, Della Anderson, Sallie Arbuckle, Pam Baker, Annette nmBearden, Narvella Berthia, Clarice Bradley, Barbara Brown, Michele Brown, Brenda Bruner, Naomi Burns, Lorraine Caldwell, Jeanine Chatman, Patricia Collins, Birdie Cooper, Carolyn Cornelius-Wilkins, Georgia Curry, Darliene Davenport, Diane Davis, Paulette Davis, Gloria Dockery-Irving, Mary Dyer, Barbara Elmore Lane, Vera Franklin, Irene Frazier, Jeanett Fulcher, Gwendolyn Gee, Anita Glasper, Geraldine Goree, Bessie Mae Graham, Jessie Mae Graham-Duncan, Donna Gregory, Eleanor Hall, Linda Hambrick-Jones, Glenna Hamilton, Alice Harrison, Janis Hartman, Barbara Harvey, Linda Henderson White, Janet Hill, Evelyn Hodge, Virginia Holt, Willie Mae Huey, Maudie Hunter, Claudette Inge, Beverly Ingram, Jeanette Ingram, Esponila Johnson, Gwendolyn Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Herrieze Jones, Eddie Mae Juniel, Ernestine King, Lorene King, Brenda Knight, Betty Knox, Gloria Landerth, Rosalia Lawson, Sharon Lax, Annie Mapp, Jewell Marshall, Judith McClellan, Tasha McNeal, LaDonna Miles, June Moorehead, Morris Armster, Faith Munn, Deitra Moore-Atkins, Julie Odofin, Gloria Oliver, Irma Opely, Arlilla Parker, Lula Parker, Doris Payne, Trilan Payne, Phyllis Peterson, Doris Pierce, Marjorie Prevost Ford, Beverly Quinn, Falesia Ragland, Jacquelyn Ramsey, Deborah Raymond, Janice Reid, Pamela Ricard Davis, Glenda Jean Richardson, Sheila Richardson, Rebekah Right, Tamara Reeder, Freddie Rowland, Debra Ann Sanders, Zeola Slaughter, LaWonda Smith, Mary Alice Smith, Rose Smith, Sunday Smith, Theodora Smith, Willie Smith, Luverne Taylor, Diane Terry, Annette Travillian, Cassandra Vigil, Pamela Wagner, Nora Walston, Earline Warren, Deborah Washington, LaVerne Watkins, Maxine Watson, Yvonne Watson, Ineva Williams, Nicole Williams, Sandra Williamson, Felicia Wilson, Marsha Woodfork, Brenda Wright-Horsley, Sammy Yancy. Photo by Beverly Blackmon.

More than 120 Ladies In Red from Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Manteca, Fairfield, American Canyon, Berkeley, Richmond, Vallejo, Hayward, El Cerrito, Roseville, Texas, Arizona and New York toured some Alabama Civil Rights landmarks to retrace the steps of the Civil Rights activists who had marched, died, sacrificed and had been jailed to achieve the right to vote for African Americans.

The trip took place August 8-13, and included stops in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. Brenda Knight, the trip organizer and founder of the Ladies In Red, said that after the recent elections in Georgia and Florida the women’s group found that little has changed. “We are still fighting and marching for our rights to register and vote 54 years later,” she said.

Knight said that the group, which ranges in age from 40 to 85, was “so inspired” after visiting the Voting Rights Museum, the Selma Interpretive Center, and Brown Chapel AME Church before they marched on Selma’s historical Pettus Bridge. Later, the group visited the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. M.L.King, Jr. served as the pastor; and Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, which was pastored by Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. There, the Ladies In Red left an offering of $2,400.

At the upcoming Ladies In Red 24th Annual Luncheon on Feb. 1, 2020, the group hopes to register as many voters as they can. “We will utilize the tour’s education to become our agenda and marching orders to register young people and those who just refuse to vote,” said Knight.

Knight said her group would provide regular updates to the Post Newspapers because Publisher Paul Cobb was one of the original marchers on Pettus Bridge in Selma along with Dr. King and John Lewis in 1965.


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