‘Shreveport Mayor’s Women’s Commission presents 1st Annual Cora M. Allen Day’
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‘Shreveport Mayor’s Women’s Commission presents 1st Annual Cora M. Allen Day’

A Women’s History Month Celebration of Heritage & Leadership


SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA - In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Shreveport Mayor’s Women’s Commission, in partnership with the Texas Avenue Community Association (TACA) and the League of Women Voters of Caddo-Bossier, is proud to host the 1st Annual Cora M. Allen Day on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. This inaugural event will honor the historic achievements and civic contributions of Cora Murdock Allen, a prominent leader for the causes of African American women on the local, state, and national level during the early part of the Twentieth Century.


Mrs. Allen was actively involved in many civic organizations, including founder of the Mary Church Terrell Club and the Louisiana Association of Colored Women Clubs.  She was selected as one of nine delegates of the National Association of Colored Women to attend the International Congress of Women in Vienna, Austria, in 1930. Her most notable contribution was serving as lead visionary for the formation of the local chapter of the Grand Court Order of Calanthe, the women’s fraternal organization that built the Calanthean Temple on historic Texas Avenue in Shreveport.  The Calanthean Temple, the first women’s temple of its kind built in the United States, was completed and dedicated on March 7, 1923.


The 1st Annual Cora M. Allen Day will feature a day of community festivities including a Keynote Breakfast, a Press Conference hosted by Mayor Cedric Glover, a Cultural Heritage Education Day, a Fashion Show Luncheon (hats are allowed), and a Historians’ Panel Discussion.


Tickets are on sale now for the Keynote Breakfast, cost $20 and Fashion Show Luncheon, cost $25.  For breakfast tickets call Carol DeVille at 318-288-8199; for luncheon tickets email Stephanie Pedro at spedro1@gmail.com.


If anyone has additional information on family members of Mrs. Cora Murdock Allen, please call Caroline Eckel at 206-225-5996.

The email address for Caroline Majors Eckel is carolineckel@gmail.com


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