Review of Hot Topic: Celebrating Black History Month


February 21, 2018

Guest Speaker: Rick Christie, Palm Beach Post Editor of Editorial Page

Rick Christie

The very personable and intelligent Rick Christie focused on a very timely subject – The History of Black Voting in Florida and the League’s role in election protection.


Discriminating Barriers to Voting

Christie reminded us of the disgraceful leadership Florida played in promoting Jim Crow laws that prevented minority people from exercising their right to vote.  Florida also implanted a poll tax.

League Recognized

He recognized the League of Women Voters for its leadership in the Restoration of Felon Voting Rights. He noted that there are over 1.5 million felons in Florida. Rick Christie concluded by fielding many questions from the audience regarding voter suppression, civics education, and 2020 United States Census obstacles.


Our President, Karen Wilkerson, commended the Palm Beach Post for its upcoming third collaboration with the League regarding the Voter Guide, print and digital versions.

Hot Topic VIP Guests: Brittany Sharrar, South Florida Science Center Guest Services Manager.  The Science Center will be hosting Cool Topic presentations commencing March 28th on Civics Education. Jo Sabel Courtney of Cabot Creamery Cooperative provided gift cheese to all the attendees.