YWCA Luncheon April 25 To Feature Civil Rights Icon

Carlotta Walls LaNier, youngest of the “Little Rock Nine” and author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School, will be the featured speaker at the YWCA of Palm Beach County’s inaugural “Stand Against Racism” luncheon to be held Friday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion.

LaNier made history on Sept. 25, 1957 as one of the nine African-American youth who risked their lives testing the strength of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Brown vs. Board of Education. Protected by the United States Army under orders from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the students integrated the then-segregated Little Rock Central High School. Their actions not only mobilized a nation to ensure that access to a quality education was available to all Americans, but they helped define the civil rights movement.

“We are thrilled to have Mrs. LaNier as our guest for this event,” said Suzanne Turner, CEO of the YWCA. “Her presentation is certain to be a fascinating view of a monumental moment in history.”

Stand Against Racism is a national program of the YWCA, taking place on the last Friday of April, with the goal of bringing together people across the country to raise awareness about racism, take steps to eliminate it and celebrate diversity. Organizations that share the YWCA’s vision can participate as a partner agency. To get additional information and register, visit www.standagainstracism.org.

With the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA is committed to fostering greater community unity among the various races and ethnicities in Palm Beach County. The luncheon will include the presentation of the YWCA’s Annual Racial Justice Awards. Presenting sponsor is the Varughese family of Delray Beach, benefactor is FAU Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter and partner is Joyce McLendon.

Tickets for the luncheon are $45, and reservations can be made by calling (561) 640-0050, ext. 134, or visiting www.ywcapbc.org.


ABOVE: Carlotta Walls LaNier.