540WMain Expands Anniversary Celebration to a Weekend Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Dear Community,

I am excited to commemorate 540WMain’s 2nd Year Anniversary (June 16) with a week-long social media campaign highlighting a second year of growth and success as well as expanding our celebration to include a week-end of walking tours and events that also commemorate Susan B. Anthony, her life, legacy, and the Susan B. Anthony Preservation District. Then on Sunday August 26th we will conclude the festivities with the 2nd Year Anniversary Mingle Celebration which not so ironically falls on Women’s Equality Day.

It’s no secret that a vital part 540WMain’s mission has been to highlight and enrich the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood; a neighborhood rich in history, culture, and a fight for equality. It only seemed fitting to expand our previously announced anniversary celebration with a full weekend of events designed to highlight and bring greater Rochester to the district in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.

It is my sincere hope that you make a visit to the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood as well as 540WMain during the weekend of August 25-26th and follow our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during this week leading up to the festivities. We will not only be highlighting our past year of success and growth, but spotlighting the work of Susan B. Anthony and the bevvy of women that joined her in her the fight for women’s suffrage and the eventualright to vote.

The 2018 540WMain Women’s Equality Day Anniversary Celebration Weekend

A weekend of community walking tour and events commemorating Women’s Equality Day and the 2nd Year Anniversary of 540WMain Learning Academy held in the Susan B. Anthony District of Rochester, NY

(Schedule of Events) download here

Sat. Aug 25th // 2-3 PM free w/ $5 suggested donation // Susan B. Anthony Guided Walking Tour sponsored by 540WMain Learning Academy

Led by longtime resident and business owner Barbara Hoffman this guided walking tour will highlight the SBA district and the intersection of this historic neighborhood, Susans’ life, and her fight for women’s right to vote. The tour happen rain or shine and meet at 540WMain Learning Academy and embark promptly at 2 PM

Sun. 26th // 2-4 PM free  // Women’s Equality Day Pop UP Exhibit

Bring your favorite photo, painting, or other commercial image of yourself or a woman you admire. 
Baby photos make people smile! We will share the stories of these images and celebrate women and Women’s Equality Day

Location: 49-53 King Street (Building with Jimi Hendrix Mural)
Parking: Free parking lot across the street and ample parking along King Street
Cost: FREE
Contact: Barbara Hoffman | 585-436-3772

Sun. 26th // 3-4 PM free $5 suggested donation // Feminist Open Mic & Poetry Circle

Community feminists and allies of all genders and expressions will gather together to share what Susan B. Anthony’s legacy means to you. Participants will meet to 540WMain and walk together to Susan B. Anthony Square. Participants are encouraged to wear white and share from the heart.

Sun. Aug 26 // 4-7 PM // 540WMain 2nd Year Anniversary Mingle

New City Cafe
Rita’s Italian Ice
Paparazzi Jewelry w/ Deidra Powell 
Cire d’Abeille Skin Care
First Unitarian Church of Rochester
Frederick Douglass, Community Activist

A live celebration of success featuring Afrikana music, shopping, networking, food & fun!

About Women’s Equality Day

U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Source: NWHP

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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