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Collecting Recollections

When:
Nov 26, 2019
@
Time:
10:30am
Price:
$5 / Free for Members
Member Discount
Ticket Required
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Where:
Historic Asolo Theater

 

The Ringling’s Collecting Recollections program captures the oral histories of important change makers and community leaders in front of a live audience.  This season, in partnership with Newtown Alive!, we will hear from three fascinating women who will recount their lives in the Sarasota community and what they did to make the city a better place.

Odessa Butler

Mrs. Odessa Butler | October 29 @ 10:30 AM

Mrs. Odessa Butler was one of the pioneers of beach integration in Sarasota. As a teenager, she was part of the caravan of civil rights activists who helped protest the segregation of Lido Key by holding “wade-ins” on the beaches there. Butler will share her story for a live audience in this special Collecting Recollections interview, conducted by Vickie Oldham, founder and director of Newtown Alive! 

 

Sheila Sanders

 

Sheila Sanders | November 12 @ 10:30 AM

Sheila Sanders, a lifelong Sarasota resident, has been dedicated to making the city a better place since she was a child. As a third grader at Booker Elementary School, she organized a boycott of Sarasota Federal Bank. As a teenager, she was a proactive participant in the work of the NAACP. Sanders  will share her story for a live audience in this special Collecting Recollections interview, conducted by Vickie Oldham, founder and director of Newtown Alive! 

Sheila Atkins

 

Shelia Atkins | November 26 @ 10:30 AM

Shelia Cassundra Hammond Atkins was born in Manatee County in 1952, but grew up in Newtown. Her mother Delma Hammond was a cook in the Caples Mansion where the little girl scampered when allowed. Her father, John Hammond was a butler. The Hammond family lived in the carriage house on the grounds situated along Sarasota Bay. Atkins attended high school during integration and has lived in Sarasota for over six decades. She and her husband, former Sarasota Mayor Fredd Atkins, are active members of the community. Atkins will share her story in front of a live audience in this special Collecting Recollections interview, conducted by Vickie Oldham, founder and director of Newtown Alive! 

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