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La’Tasha D. Mayes

La’Tasha D. Mayes

The Jeron X. Grayson Center located at 1852 Enoch St. in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, was decorated like Spring with tables fashioned in shades of yellows and green.  The occasion was the 8th Annual celebration of Women of Color HERStory Month; Women of Color Political Lunch. One of 30 events scheduled over a 30 day time period—Feb. 15 through March 15 Commemorating Women of Color WOMEN’S HERStory Month.

This year’s luncheon featured a panel conversation led by Jessica L. Byrd, Principal Three Point Strategies and co-founder of Women of Color Women’s HERStory Month. The event is designed to bring attention to, increase awareness of, and encourage women to get more involved in the political process–and also to be a forum to help women gain a greater understanding of the role politics plays in their everyday lives.

Jessica Gonzales-Rojas

Jessica Gonzales-Rojas (Courtesy Photo)

This year’s theme was “Women of Color and the 2016 Presidential Elections.” Distinguished panel members included, Glynda Carr, co-founder, Higher Heights Education Fund; Jessica Gonzales-Rojas, executive director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; and Kimberly Kaplan, American Public System University Graduate Student & Former Candidate, Pittsburgh City Council — District 5.

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