WARREN Woman to be honored for involvement
The event celebrates 82 years of women's voting rights.
WARREN -- Warren 9 to 5 Working Women will present city resident Emma Caldwell with the Sojourner Truth Recognition Award Aug. 25 in celebration of Women's Equality Day.
The event starts at 3:30 p.m. with a reception at the Upton House, 380 Mahoning Ave. The program, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m., celebrates 82 years of women's right to vote. Women were granted the right to vote Aug. 26, 1920.
The award recognizes community involvement.
Caldwell was born in Troy, Ala., and came to Warren in 1943. She has three children and has been a member of the Church of Hope for 30 years. She has been working for social and political change in the community and founded the Aware Group, aimed at educating women and their families about welfare rights, in the 1980s.
Caldwell also has been educating citizens about the importance of voting and being politically involved to effect change. She retired in 1982 as one of Warren's African American advocates in the city.
She's a member of Leadership Mahoning Valley, the office of elderly affairs, Urban League, TCAP, American Red Cross, Northeast Ohio Legal Services, state board of Community Action, NAACP and Easter Seals. She was the coordinator for three years for the African American Achievers Association, Friends Helping Friends. She also previously was chosen to participate in the National Project Advocacy group for low-income women and their families in Washington, D.C.
Although confined to a wheelchair, Caldwell remains involved. She is the sixth ward precinct person.