Museum Hosts Panel Discussion


A panel of three remarkable women, Reverend Bettie Kennedy, Ellen Temple and Kay Arnold, shared in a discussion. Texas Women Win the Vote  in the Mrs. E. W. Leach Performing Arts Center of the Museum in conjunction with the exhibition, Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas today Bettie Kennedy has throughout her life had an abundant love and compassion for all people and she continues to feed their bodies and nurture their spirits. Through her portrayals of renowned women in Black History (Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and others), she teaches acceptance of cultural diversity. Ellen Temple is a conservationist, a historian/educator, and publisher. In the 1980s, she published the first two books in print about the Woman Suffrage movement in Texas: Citizens at Last, edited by Judith McArthur and Ruthe Winegarten, and A Texas Suffragist: Diaries and Writings of Jane Y. McCallum by Janet G. Humphrey. Ellen is fascinated with the history of the long, successful struggle for women’s right to vote. A sixth generation Texan, Kay Arnold grew up fascinated by stories of her ancestors.  She received her bachelor’s degree in American History, Political Science and Economics and her master’s in Texas history and cultural anthropology, both from St. Edward’s University, where she then taught Texas history to adult students. Combining her passion for history, social justice and women’s rights, Kay is working on a few projects, most notably her upcoming book titled “Woman’s Work: Texas Women United for Equal Suffrage.” Be sure and check the City of Lufkin TV schedule (KLUF 15) to see this discussion!


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