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Women's History Month: 2022—Providing healing, promoting hope

Women's History Month

2022 programming is in development. The following programs were presented in 2021.

MEDIA MAVENS: Women in media past and present

Terri Sanders, Publisher, The Omaha Star

Women have served a major role in communications past and present. From Ida B Wells to the current White House all female communications team. We will look at the role women have played in communications/media, the current status of women, the changes in presentations and the why.

DATE: Thursday, March 18
TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CDT
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Inspiring Latinas: changing the narrative in american culture

Sylvia Mendoza, award-winning author, journalist and thought leader

From fiery superstars like singing sensation Selena, who blazed new trails in pop culture, to little-known heroes like the Mirabal Sisters, who died for their country and whose brave actions changed history, Mendoza spotlights amazing and influential Latinas.

DATE: Monday, March 22
TIME: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CDT 
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The Power of Engagement Beyond woman's story

Adjoa B. Asamoah, National advisor for black engagement for the biden-harris campaign, black engagement director for the 59th presidential inauguration

Adjoa B. Asamoah is a seasoned executive, award-winning impact strategist, international influencer, and leading authority on racial equity, with expertise in organizational and leadership development, leveraging cultural intelligence and behavioral psychology to create meaningful systems change. She was tapped by the Biden-Harris campaign to serve as the National Advisor for Black Engagement, and has served as a trusted advisor to numerous federal, state, and local officials. She is highly sought after to develop diverse coalitions, and liaise between political entities, corporations, and civil rights organizations. As a foremost thought leader and policy architect, she has spearheaded legislative victories to legally establish the nation’s first Office on African American Affairs, and to introduce and pass the historic anti-hair discrimination CROWN Act. Ultimately, Adjoa is the go-to change agent to mobilize leaders and communities for thoughtful, collective social and political action.

Adjoa chairs the Democratic National Committee’s African American Leadership Council, and has worked on several bi-partisan initiatives--including training women across the political ideological spectrum at American University’s Women & Politics Institute. Her cultural capital and influential global network have resulted in her being tapped by media companies like BET and SiriusXM to serve as a guest host, and her work can be viewed on radio, tv, and in print. She was a teaching assistant at Temple University, and served as an adjunct professor at Rowan University. As faculty, she has taught courses in both Psychology and African American Studies departments.

She has provided subject matter expertise as an appointee to numerous national commissions, committees, boards, think tanks, and advisory councils for notable organizations, including NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated. She has been appointed by multiple DC superintendents to the federally-mandated State Title I Committee of Practitioners, and she has been elected as chair for four consecutive years. DC’s mayor appointed Adjoa to be her senior policy advisor managing the equity portfolio, and to the Commission on African American Affairs—serving as the highest-ranking elected member.

She earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and African American Studies, and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Temple University; a post-master’s certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Joseph’s University; and she holds multiple licenses, including one as a behavior specialist. Adjoa was an international student at the University of Ghana and is an alumna of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She completed the UPENN Equity Institute for Doctoral Students at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, and is a doctoral candidate in Leadership (Administration and Policy) at The George Washington University.

A video recording is not available for this session The Power of Engagement held on 3/23/2021

TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty, a witty winning solo show

Elaine Bromka, Emmy Award winning actress Warm, whimsical and deeply moving

TEA FOR THREE offers a behind-the-scenes look at three of our First Ladies – Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford --in a period that saw rapid sociological and political changes. Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, TEA FOR THREE humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom. Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka, with over thirty years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway, starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS show The Presidents. Intrigued by their stories, she went on with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create this one-woman show. A tale of a remarkable trio in a most unusual job – and eighty minutes of heartwarming delight!
A video recording is not available of this session held on 3/24/21.

Film & Discussion: Warrior Women

Discussion led by Marisa Miakonda Cummings, Umonhon/Omaha President/CEO, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, B.A. American Studies, University of Iowa, M.A., Tribal Administration & Governance, University of Minnesota Duluth

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values. Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

MCC personnel and students may access this streaming video by following these steps:

  1. Going to the MCC Library website:
  2. Click on the Streaming Videos tab
  3. Click on the blue “Streaming Videos” link
  4. Click on Microsoft Stream or Docuseek. 
  5. Search by video title.

"Who Will Save American Democracy? The Role of Women, Young Voters and People of Color in American Politics"

LaTosha Brown, Cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund and fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

As America becomes younger and more diverse we can predict that an inevitable political shift will occur. What will that shift look like and what will be the long-term impact on democracy? Will identity politics play a role in unifying and/or widening the political divide in America? How will the new majority save and/or expand American Democracy?

A video recording is not available for Who will Save Democracy? held on 3/30/2021

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