Sun. 8:35 pm: Panel celebrates 50 years of Civil Rights Act

COMING MONDAY: On a panel moderated by federal Judge Benita Pearson, the first African-American woman to serve as a U.S. district judge in Ohio, female African-America leaders talked Sunday about the struggle of professional black women in America.

They were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act., landmark legislation that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Specifically, it ended racial segregation in schools, at the work place and by facilities that served the general public.

“My message to you is to pray and persist,” Pearson said to the gathering in Warren. “What I mean about that is to dream big. I want you young women to overeducate yourselves and I want you to pray big. Ask for all that you believe is possible.”

While Pearson’s message was one of optimism and opportunity, other speakers shared their personal stories of struggle.

Read the story in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.