A Great Colorado Women Stories Event - Launching HERstory with Velveta Golightly-Howell and Lily Nie
We are delighted to have you join the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame for an informative and inspiring talk featuring Colorado Women's Hall of Fame inductees Velveta Golightly-Howell and Lily Nie!
Velveta Golightly-Howell, Class of 2020, believes that God designs a divine plan for everyone. At age six, God revealed hers. Using the knowledge, talents, and opportunities granted, she would work relentlessly for equality, social justice, and access for all. After Alabamas governor proclaimed segregation forever, and attempted to deny African Americans admission to the UA, funded by black Alabamians taxes, Velveta asked her father why bigotry and hatred existed. Assuring her of coming change, he said that she could play a role. So, when confronted with racial discrimination at age seven, she began fearlessly challenging it. Among the first students to integrate formerly all-white public schools, Velveta thrived, becoming the first in her family, and one of few African Americans admitted to the UA (undergraduate and law). Howell served as Colorados first black female prosecutor and, afterwards, achieved firsts within the legal profession and the highest echelon of federal executive service. Her contributions at national, state, and local levels enhance others lives.
Lily Nie, Class of 2008, created the Chinese Children Charity Fund in 1995 to raise money to feed and care for the children in Chinese orphanages. The charity opened 11 model orphanages in China called Lily Orphan Care Centers and established a training program for orphanage care workers. When Chinese policy changed to make foster care possible, the charity pioneered a foster care program to train families and place hundreds of children out of orphanages and into loving foster homes in China. Lily Nies groundbreaking work in adoption in Colorado paved the way for a national movement that has brought more than 80,000 adopted Chinese children to new lives in the United States.
This year, with our Educational Partner, National History Day in Colorado, and longtime supporters, Rocky Mountain Public Media (RMPBS) and Chevron we are launching a new educational initiative dedicated to developing a curriculum for Colorado Youth to learn more about the incredible accomplishments and significance of Colorado Women past and present. This curriculum will be made available to educators and institutions across the state to help our communities understand the impact and contributions women have made over many decades here in Colorado.
These efforts require great commitment and your support, as an independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, the volunteer driven CWHF Board of Directors is committed the sharing the stories of our Colorado Women's Hall of Fame inductees with the community through the Education initiative, Inductee Portraits and our Great Colorado Women Film Series and other events throughout the year.
We hope you will support CWHF extend the legacies of our CWHF Inductees. Your contribution is a tribute to 37 years of sharing #Herstory.
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