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PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O’HAREPouring rain fails to prevent civil rights activists Sharon Fraser and Esther Lee from drawing attention to the women leaders of the civil rights movement. PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O’HAREPouring rain fails to prevent civil rights activists Sharon Fraser and Esther Lee from drawing attention to the women leaders of the civil rights movement.
Freedom Memorial, located at 4th and Union streets in Allentown, is the only memorial featuring both Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King. Freedom Memorial, located at 4th and Union streets in Allentown, is the only memorial featuring both Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King.

Female leaders of the Civil Rights movement to be honored April 28

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Local civil rights leaders Esther Lee and Sharon Lee refused to let pouring rain prevent them from drawing attention to the female leaders of the freedom movement at a recent news conference. Standing in front of the statues honoring Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, they announced their own march, scheduled for April 28 at 4 p.m. It will start at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, make its way to the Freedom Memorial and then return for a banquet.

This is the climax of Stories that Shaped a Nation, a three-year national awareness campaign launched in 2015. It ends on April 27, 2017, which would have been Coretta Scott King’s 90th birthday. Collaborating with the U.S. Library of Congress, Stories that Shaped a Nation has worked over the past three years to gather and enhance the stories of various women who have contributed to the cause of freedom. This year’s honorees includes Esther Lee herself. She chuckled when told she is an icon.

The march is open to the public, but there is a $45 fee for the banquet at Miller Symphony Hall. You may purchase one by contacting Sharon Fraser at 610-393-2489 or via Facebook at Stories that Shaped a Nation.