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Orlando Marks Black History Month, Honors Local Heroine

February 27, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando--The Callahan Neighborhood Center in Parramore is marking Black History Month with an exhibit honoring a local civil rights activist.

[Pamela Woodley poses outside Rollins University, where she works on the school's MBA staff, and where she spoke with Amy Kiley. Photo- Amy Kiley, WMFE]

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Georgia Nell Woodley fought for desegregation in the 1960s as vice-president of the Orange County NAACP.  She worked as secretary of Orlando’s oldest African-American church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist, and helped found the Callahan Neighborhood Association. 

Woodley died in 2005, but her daughter, Pamela Woodley, continues to tell her story. The younger Woodley told 90.7’s Amy Kiley she’s been voicing her mother’s message since childhood.  That’s when classmates asked about her mother’s work to desegregate the Orange County schools that they attended.

The exhibit to Georgia Nell Woodley is now on permanent display at the Callahan Neighborhood Association.  It’s at 101 N. Parramore Avenue.


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