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February 2020

History of the African American YWCA in Dallas, 1920 – 1960

February 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305 United States
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In celebration of African American History Month, join us for a talk on Dallas African American women’s activism. Dr. Kimberly Hill will present the history of the African American Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Dallas from the 1920s to 1960. She will demonstrate how the social justice work of the women anticipated the local civil rights movement and analyze the YWCA’s connections to other Texas organizations and major regional events. She will also share examples from the wealth of…

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March 2020

The Texas Suffrage Movement and Changes in Citizenship & Voting Rights

March 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305 United States
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In honor of Women’s History Month and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, please join us for a talk on the women’s suffrage movement in Texas. Dr. Rachel M. Gunter will share her expertise on the route to ratification of the amendment in Texas in 1919 and national acceptance in 1920. The story of women’s suffrage does not end there, however! Changes in women’s right to participate in primaries and elections impacted other groups before and after 1920 including immigrants,…

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April 2020

**POSTPONED** The Deadly Weapon Laws of Texas

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305 United States
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How do you envision Texas during the late nineteenth century? Contrary to popular stereotypes, Texas had some of the strictest weapon regulations in the country during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During this period, Texas enacted a series of regulations commonly referred to as deadly weapon laws. These laws prohibited the carrying in public of concealable weapons such as pistols, bowie knives, and brass knuckles. Drawing from a wealth of county criminal records, Rivas will discuss why the…

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