Former Alderwoman Joyce H. Petteway has been appointed by the Kent Memorial Library as Waterbury area liaison and coordinator for the Connecticut visit of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Kent Memorial Library is sponsoring his lecture on Sunday, August 4th 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Community House at 93 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Advance registration is required. The cost is $25.00. Ms. Petteway states that if a group of at least 50 people from Waterbury coordinate with her for a bus or group participation to the event, the advance registration will be only $15.00 per person.
Georgia Congressman John Lewis is considered one of the most courageous individuals of the Civil Rights Era. As a founder and Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) he helped lead the Civil Rights movement under the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. He was beaten and jailed numerous times during this historic struggle. He was a featured speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.
Waterbury area coordinator, Ms Petteway, is the former President Pro Tempore of the Waterbury Board of Alderman, and a former Vice-President of the Waterbury School Board. In addition to these city positions, she is a member and past president of the Waterbury chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, and former state president of the Sojourner Truth Organization.
Contact her at 203-768-6403 for group rates and information on attending the event.