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January 2024


NOW Special Zoom Event February 19!

February Candidate Forum

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  1. Greetings from our President.

  2.  February Candidate Forum on February 19, 2024

  3.  Black History Month Events

  4.  Pauli Murray Quarter Released!

  5.  Bessie Coleman Quarter Released!

  6.  February Birthdays/Special Days


Greetings and Happy February to all!

1. President's Letter

 February is Black History Month and we have included detailed information below of various events in the area. We encourage you to attend as many as possible.


The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray's quarter has now been released and we have included the news from her niece, Rosita Stevens-Holsey, whom you may recall spoke with us at our September 2022 meeting.


As we look forward to March, we will have a presentation to celebrate Women's History Month. More details on that, too.


If you are interested in joining our board, please write to We'd love to be able to do more in the county and need your skills for many different types of work. Our chapter's ID is CA0660 and you can select it when you sign up here. If you prefer to write a check,see the form that you can clip and mail.

--Amy Nykamp, President


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2. February Candidate Forum

Monday, February 19, 2024 from 7:00 to 8:50 PM via Zoom.
[Past Event - See NOW YouTube Channel for video]

Given that California's primary election is March 5th, Sonoma County NOW is pleased to host a forum for the Sonoma County Democratic Party's Central Committee candidates in District 1 and District 3. If you are in either of those districts, please join us. on Monday, February 19, 2024 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Learn what the Central Committee does and how important its work is. We will have prepared questions for each candidate. RSVP is required, but the event is free, sponsored by NOW Sonoma County and the Democratic Club of Sonoma County.

Post Event:  Dear NOW members and friends,

We had a wonderful forum on Monday and now it is available for viewing! Please share with your friends and neighbors in Districts 1 and 3. It is a special opportunity to really see and hear the passion and dedication of these hard-working Democrats. We also learned what the Central Committee does for this county. Here is the recording of the forum.
Click to see video on NOW YouTube Channel Here



3. February is Black History Month

Black History Month recognizes and honors important people and events in the history of African American history. In 1926, noted historian Carter G. Woodson originated the idea of “Negro History Week.” Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans—former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The tradition of what became Black History Month greatly influenced the expansion of academic scholarship and the corresponding recognition of the rich history of African Americans. By 1976 it became official, with President Gerald R. Ford declaring February as Black History Month and calling on the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chooses a different theme for Black History Month. For 2024, the theme is "African Americans and the Arts." African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment, says ASALH. In 2024, they examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans. The mission of ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community. For more history and information, visit their website here.

Racism is alive and well in our country, and to help overcome it, we believe one of the most important things we need to do is get to know one another and see, in the words of Maya Angelou, “I Am Human.” Yes, we are all part of this earth and human family.

What's happening this month to celebrate Black Hisory? Here are a few examples:

  •  Celebrate Black History Month at Sonoma County libraries: The main library is located at 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA. From January 30th through February 25, they will honor the theme by featuring a music, literary, and culinary arts series at various branches. Visit their website here for details.

  • Sonoma State University events: Sonoma State University will be sponsoring a series of events to celebrate Black History Month, including the 2-24 Black Joy Celebration. Visit The Hub Cultural website here for details. Events will be happening all month long.

  • Petaluma Blacks for Community Development presentations: Petaluma Blacks for Community Development will also be doing a series of presentations to honor Black History Month. Visit their website here for events and descriptions.

  • Santa Rosa Junior College will be having a lecture series for Black History Month. The theme for these presentations is “You are our Ancestors' Dreams Realized.” For all the information on these programs go to their website here.

  • Tune into Women’s Spaces Radio Show on KBBF 89.1: Mondays at 11 a.m. &  repeats at 11 p.m. for a series of interviews on Black history, including discussions on the importance of voting rights, Black women in music, and Black women in politics. You can stream shows on All of the shows are archived at  Our history is our strength, and we suggest you check out many of the major events happening during this special month. — Elaine B. Holtz, Co-producer and Host


4. The Release of the Pauli Murray Quarter!
A message from Rosita Stevens-Holsey, Pauli's niece and biographer.

I am so proud to announce that the U.S. Mint has released the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray quarter dollar today. Pauli Murray will be the first honoree of their 2024 coins for their American Women Quarters Program. These coins were produced at U.S. Mint production facilities in Philadelphia and Denver.

Pauloi Murray Quarter

Bags and rolls of circulation-quality 2024 American Women quarter dollars featuring the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray will be offered by the U.S. Mint beginning at noon Eastern Time Feb. 15. The circulation-quality coins from production at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints are to be released into general circulation through the Federal Reserve on Jan. 2, 2024.

Purchase here. (If you are interested in obtaining one or more of these coins, you may wish to order it directly from the Mint because you may not get one from your bank or local merchant(s).)

The U.S. Mint states that “Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray was a poet, writer, activist, lawyer, and Episcopal priest. She is regarded as one of the most important social justice advocates of the twentieth century.” Read more here.

According to Mint Director, Ventris C. Gibson, "Reverend Dr. Murray was keenly aware of the oppression that she faced as a Black woman. She lived her life and fought tirelessly as a steadfast advocate for civil rights and gender equality.”

Thank you to all of my fellow "Pauli supporters". This day is validation and a testament to more than 50 years of achievements in the areas of social justice, women's rights, civil rights and human rights; a moment that serves as a symbol of the recognition Aunt Pauli deserved and never had.

Together we rise,



5. Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) First Black Woman Aviator

We are featuring Bessie Coleman who was a pioneer in aviation. Bessie was the first African American female pilot and the first Native American pilot as well. She was also the earliest known Black person to earn an international pilot's license. Below is more from Wikipedia:

Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Coleman worked in the cotton fields at a young age while also studying in a small segregated school. She attended one term of college at Langston University. Coleman developed an early interest in flying, but African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved and obtained sponsorships in Chicago to go to France for flight school.

She then became a high-profile pilot in notoriously dangerous air shows in the United States. She was popularly known as "Queen Bess" and "Brave Bessie", and hoped to start a school for African-American fliers. Coleman died in a plane crash in 1926. Her pioneering role was an inspiration to early pilots and to the African-American and Native American communities.

Bessie Coleman Quarter

A Quarter was issued in her honor in 2023 by the US Mint and is Available Here.


6. February Birthdays/Special Days
Toni Morrison (1931–2019), (Wikipedia photo)

Toni Morrison (1931–2019), (Wikipedia photo)

  1. Dorothy Hansen (1920–2014), Sonoma County activist.
    National Freedom Day (commemorates 13th Amendment ending slavery).
    Imbolc begins.

  2. Alice Locke Park (1861–1961), CA suffrage leader.
    Groundhog Day.

  3.  Gertrude Stein (1874–1948), visionary artist.

  4.  Rosa Parks (1913–2005), civil rights leader.
    Betty Friedan (1921–2006), feminist author, activist, cofounder NOW.

  5.  Alice Walker (1944– ), author, activist

  6. 12 Lincoln's Birthday

  7.  Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919), suffrage leader.
    Valentine's Day / V-Day.

  8. 15 Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), suffrage leader

  9. Toni Morrison (1931–2019), author/teacher.
    Audre Lorde (1934–1992), feminist writer.

  10. 19 Sonoma County NOW Candidates Night 7 p.m.
    Presidents' Day.

  11.  Helen Rudee (1918–2018), first Sonoma Co. female Supervisor, feminist.
    Barbara Jordan (1936–1996), US Representative, rights leader.

  12. Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950), poet, playwright.

  13. Marian Anderson (1897–1993), singer, civil rights pioneer.



Our proud Chapter

Celebrating the NOW's 50th Anniversary in Santa Rosa, CA

Above: Our Chapter celebrating the 50th Anniversary of NOW with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, October 2016.


August 26, 2020, the 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day was celebrated in Sebastopol with the Women's Suffrage Banners.

City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 202          City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 2020


The 2020 Rose Parade featured the We Heart float commemorating the Women's Suffrage Centennial and won the Theme Trophy. See video clip below for the passage of the float and the Women Suffragist marchers in front of KTLA cameras January 1, 2020.


Susan B. Anthony


Susan B Anthony grave decorated with I Voted stickers

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