“The history of Fort Wayne’s empowered minority community”

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News release from the YWCA:

“Raising the Bar of Social Progress: The History of Fort Wayne’s Empowered Minority Community”

(February 13, 2014) – On Wednesday, February 26th, YWCA Northeast Indiana will be hosting an open discussion on the Colored Women’s Club of Fort Wayne and the advancements they have made by empowering our minority community.

This discussion will be led by Marsha E. Smiley, an active member of our Fort Wayne community, author of The History of Early Fort Wayne’s Colored Women’s Clubs, and also named one of the “50 Most Influential African American Women in Northeast Indiana” by INK Newspaper in 2009.

Come explore this topic with us in this installment of the Diversity Dialogue series on Wednesday, February 26th, from noon to 1:30 pm at YWCA Northeast Indiana’s 1610 Spy Run Avenue office. This and all Diversity Dialogues are free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

To join us, please RSVP on our YWCA Northeast Indiana Facebook page, or contact Administrative Coordinator Sue Hiatt at SHiatt@ywcaerew.org or (260) 424-4908 ext.254.

For more information on these Dialogues, stay tuned to our website (www.ywca.org/NEIN).


About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, YWCA Northeast Indiana has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.

Since 1894, the YWCA Northeast Indiana, which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties, has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served.


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