Day: October 28, 2009


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GCimagesn155406140941_2818RALEIGH – The Democratic Party of Wake County announces “A Tribute to Betty Ann Knudsen”. The tribute will take place at The Galaxy Cinema in Cary, NC on November 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. General seating only.

The program will include a screening of “Show Up, Speak Out: The Public Life of Betty Ann Knudsen” a documentary by local filmmaker Vivian Bowman- Edwards. As the first woman to serve as chair the Wake County Commission and a dedicated volunteer, Betty Ann Knudsen led vital efforts to improve the quality of life for all who call Raleigh and Wake County their home.

Knudsen was instrumental in the merger of the Raleigh City and Wake County School Systems, the implementation of the Capital Area Transit (CAT) system of public transportation, the establishment of a greenway system, the regional library system, the community use of schools, and scattered site strategy for public housing. In 1975 she wrote the successful application for Raleigh’s “All American City Award” and in 1976 was chosen Raleigh’s “Volunteer of the Year”. Her most recent honor was being inducted into the 2005 Inaugural Raleigh Hall of Fame.

Perhaps Knudsen’s greatest contribution has been that of role model and mentor for women in public service. A lifelong Democrat, Knudsen ran several campaigns, including that of Isabella Canon, Raleigh’s first woman Mayor of Raleigh.

“Show Up, Speak Out” will inspire anyone interested in grassroots politics, North Carolina history, or the ongoing struggle for the equality of women.

Copies of the DVD will be available at this event for a donation to the film:

$15 for individuals and $50 for groups/organizations