You are cordially invited to attend the 18th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Reception for women of excellence on this Sunday, October 6, 2013, 4PM, at St. John's College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland.
 
Each October, Marylanders pause on the birthday of Mississippian Fannie Lou Hamer to celebrate her birthday and to honor women from various racial backgrounds. Why do Marylanders celebrate this Mississippian? Fannie Lou Hamer was a feminist and a civil rights heroine, who was born on October 6, 1917, into a society that denied women and African Americans the right to vote. This woman was determined to change that reality and she did.
 
Fannie Lou Hamer is credited with assisting in the passage of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act by the United States Congress that led to thousands of women, Latinos and African Americans getting elected for the first time to offices through out the United States of America.
 
Almost two decades ago, we decided to begin honoring women locally, who like Mrs. Hamer are not household names, but contributions to their communities have led to significant changes. The 2013 honorees are Joyce Amos, Mary Cromwell, Robin Revell Dunn  Lea Green, Gloria Threadgill McLaughlin, Mary Ellen Turner and Rhonda May Winfrey.  If these names are not recognizable, that is the point.
 
On Wednesday both the Capital and Maryland Gazette newspapers will be publishing these women accomplishments. I hope that you will join hundreds of your fellow citizens in expressing our appreciation for their service to the State of Maryland.
 
Again, please join us on Sunday, October 6, 2013, as we celebrate the contributions that women have made and are making in our society. Come learn about Fannie Lou Hamer, who once said, "when we women make up our minds to change the world, it will change".
 
Free parking is available at the State Parking Garage and proceeds from this event will be used to eliminate the debt that was incurred in building the first in the nation a Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial, to the men and women, who were the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement.
 
For more information visit the website www.mlkmd.org