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The Launch Event


On February 29, 2020, 250 enthusiastic mena and women gathered at the Philadelphia Convention Center to celebrate the publication of They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia’s Black Women Leaders written by Allener M. Baker-Rogers and Fasaha M. Traylor.

The contemporary women whose stories in the book have been invited to place a personal item into a Time Capsule that was presented to the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection and bequeathed to the Class of 2045 of the School District of Philadelphia. The Time Capsule also holds a copy of They Carried Us that contains each woman’s and the authors’ signatures, along with a signed tablecloth symbolic of “gaining a seat at the table.” Dramatic readings from the book were performed before and after lunch.  The program concluded with a high-school-aged young woman, Noor Bowman, who shared her vision of overcoming the leadership challenges faced by today's young black women leaders.

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