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Black Women & Voting

The community is invited to the Facebook Live streaming event “Registration, Education, and Voting: Black Women and Voting Activism in Oregon 1913-1916” on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Lizzie Weeks, 1919

The live stream will be presented on the Roseburg Public Library’s Facebook page. The speaker is Dr. Kimberly Jensen of Western Oregon University, and the program co-sponsors are the Roseburg Public Library, the Douglas Education Service District and League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley. 

A Facebook account is not required to view the program. To view the live stream, please go to www.facebook.com/roseburglibrary

Speaker questions may be submitted before the event to Kris Wiley at kwiley@cityofroseburg.org or 541-492-7051. Alternately, viewers who have a Facebook account may post questions during the event by commenting on the Facebook Live stream. 

Lizzie Weeks (1879-1976)

Lizzie Koontz Weeks was an African American activist in Portland in the years after women in Oregon had achieved the right to vote in 1912. She organized Black women to empower them to be successful voters and was an early candidate for local party office. Weeks was the first female African American social worker to be employed by Multnomah County.

Lizzie Koontz was born in in 1879 in Washington, D.C. In 1904, she married George W. Weeks, who worked as a packer for Prael, Hegele and Company, a kitchen and tableware store in Portland.

Source: The Oregon Encyclopedia

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