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March 30 library program spotlights Nellie Francis

The racial justice and women's equality pioneer focused on the needs of African-American women.

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Women sell copies of the Women's Journal, c. 1915-19. (Submitted photo)

The Kitchigami Regional Library System celebrates Women’s History Month with a Legacy Program about a pioneer for gender and racial equality.

Minnesota History Award winner William D. Green will discuss the subject of his latest book, "Nellie Francis," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 in a free virtual event.

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Nellie Griswold Francis

Francis was a powerful speaker and suffragist who fought for racial justice and women’s equality in Minnesota, especially the needs of African-American women.

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Sign up for the event on Facebook at @KRLSLegacy or call your local library – 732-4966 in Park Rapids. KRLS will email you the information to connect to the event a day or two beforehand. No computer is needed; a smartphone or tablet will also work.

This free Legacy Program is funded at least in part by a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

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