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NWHM Presents Sundays@Home: Remembering the Selma Teachers' March

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Join Diana Veiga in conversation with Joyce Parrish O'Neal and Phyllis Parrish Alston remembering the Selma Teachers' March of 1965.

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Join the National Women's History Museum and Diana Veiga in conversation with sisters Joyce Parrish O'Neal and Phyllis Parrish Alston as they reflect on the bravery of their mother Lula "Too Sweet" Parrish and the 100 teachers who demonstrated in the Teachers' March on January 22nd 1965 in Selma, Alabama.

Mrs. O'Neal and Mrs. Alston will recount their memories of that event, as well as the fear and pride they felt on their mother's behalf. Lula was a role model to both her students and daughters, inspiring their subsequent philanthropy and activism in the name of equity and equality for all Americans.

After the moderated conversation, our guests will answer questions live from the audience. "Remembering Lula and the Selma Teachers' March" is part of NWHM's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and salute to the women who formed the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement throughout the entire month of January.

About the Moderator:

Diana Veiga is a gifted storyteller who brings truth, wit and insight to the page and the stage. She loves to observe the lives of ordinary people and their everyday experiences and uses them to create stories that exhibit the humor and beauty in the seemingly mundane.

Diana has performed at DC Improv, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Lincoln Theater. Her freelance articles have appeared in For Harriet, The Root and Very Smart Brothas. Her short stories have been published in Barrelhouse, The Northern Virginia Review and Rumpus. She is an inaugural member of Kimbilio, a Fellowship dedicated to developing, empowering and sustaining fiction writers from the African diaspora.

Diana is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for DC Public Libraries (DCPL). As Civic Engagement Coordinator, she developed, implemented, and manages the voter registration process for all 26 locations to ensure DCPL is complying as a voter registration agency. She also plans and provides civic engagement related programming. One of her most recent programs I, Too, Sing America: An Evening of Storytelling Celebrating Democracy occurred just before the 2020 Election and featured four storytellers sharing personal stories about the importance of democracy, voting rights and citizenship in today’s society while honoring and celebrating 100 years of the passage of the 19th Amendment and 55 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Prior to joining DCPL, Diana worked for People For the American Way as Program Manager in the African American Affairs Department where she assisted with the implementation of social justice programs, including, VESSELS VOTE, a non-partisan civic engagement program designed specifically for the faith community and implemented in 20 states during the 2012 election.

Diana has a BA in French from Spelman College and an MA in Public Communication from American University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

You can learn more about Diana at: www.dianaveiga.com.

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