24th Anniversary Party

Published kaithleen - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:08pm

The Civic Media Center (CMC) celebrated its 24th Anniversary and fundraiser to continue its mission to serve progressive grassroots activism on Friday, October 20th at the Matheson Museum. 

The Civic Media Center honored one of our community’s great Movement elders, Carol Thomas, who as a result of arrests and intimidation for integration organizing was branded "the most dangerous woman in Gainesville" in the 1960s. Carol was at the forefront of early civil rights organizing efforts in Gainesville. She joined the NAACP, Gainesville Women for Equal Rights, was a member of the community Bi-racial Committee, and also worked with voter registration and education efforts.

Additionally, as part of the program for the evening, the Penrod Award for Peace and Justice was presented to Candi Churchill. Since first embracing activism and organizing in the mid-1990s as a UF student, Candi Churchill has been a committed organizer with National Organization for Women, National Women's Liberation, as well as Graduate Students United, and now United Faculty of Florida.

The Penrod Award was established to honor local social justice activists in memory of John A. (Jack) Penrod, and is coordinated jointly by the Alachua County Labor Coalition, Veterans for Peace, and the United Faculty of Florida. Prior to his career as a Professor at the University of Florida, Jack volunteered and fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade against fascism in the late 1930s Spanish Civil War. Jack was active in all three sponsoring organizations (as well as the CMC) and was a co-founder of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) union.