LADIES TAKING LIBERTY TAKE TO THE STREETS — Cast members and supporters of the locally produced Ladies Taking Liberty march to the Athens Theatre Nov. 2 to bring attention to the opening of the play, which was a fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Volusia County. Ladies Taking Liberty was written by DeLandite Deb McShane and produced by DeLandite Suze Peace. Locals portrayed leading members of the suffrage movement who, after 70 years of struggle, won the right to vote for women 101 years ago. In addition to McShane, cast members included Sally Daykin, Cheryl Floyd, Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, Marjorie Phoenix, Sophie Mercado, Nicki Junkins, Patrice Tankard, Anne Sollien, Cheryl Orr, Jean Burns, Sharla Mercado, Gretchen Pettigrew, Dr. Primrose Cameron, Carol Adubato, Caryn Long, Nancy Jacobsen, Nancy Anderson, Romila Sitara Brown and Delicia Bent. BEACON PHOTO/ELI WITEK

Editor, The Beacon:

This past week, I attended a play, Ladies Taking Liberty, at the Athens Theatre.

The play was written and directed by Deb McShane and produced by Suze Peace. It is the story of the women who won the right to vote.

One of the earliest suffragists, who was born in the 1800s, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, wrote, “The goal of equality shoots through time like an arrow.”

Imagine, that was written more than 100 years ago!

The beautiful portrayal of these Black and white sisters brought me to tears and moved me in such a way that I was left asking myself what am I doing to help our nation, and how long must this fight for equality go on?

Many, many thanks to everyone in the production of Ladies Taking Liberty for such a moving piece of art and history.

Bravo! Bravo!

Mary Kay Wareing



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