Article by David Wilcox
For Melody Smith Johnson, celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage is about the future as much as it's about the past.
Johnson, of Weedsport, will be one of several performers at a local live preshow to Women Take the Stage, a national virtual concert and rally taking place Wednesday, Aug. 26. Women March in Seneca Falls and partners organized the event to inspire voting by women and for women in November, and to celebrate this month's centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women that right.
She's also the founder and CEO of the Beverly L. Smith Empowerment Initiative, an Auburn-based nonprofit that connects young women of color from inner cities across the country to resources that can remove barriers to them reaching their potential. It's from that perspective that she sees an opportunity to send an important message to youth at Women Take the Stage, she said.
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