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Program Type: Educational
  • See The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement banners, honoring San Diego’s leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Hear from the creator and the designer of the project, Leah Goodwin and Jan Carpenter Tucker.
  • Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in San Diego from a participant and witness to local history, Dr. Dorothy L.W. Smith.


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Leah Goodwin - In August 2015, Leah Goodwin created the San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit acknowledging the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which is being displayed all around San Diego. An accomplished and published poet and writer, Leah believes that the arts are a universal tool for healing. She is the owner of Leah Goodwin Creations.

Dr. Dorothy L. W. Smith, reared in the Jim Crow South, has dedicated her life to providing opportunities for those who have been denied equality.  She taught for 31 years at San Diego City College and San Diego State University. In 1981, Dr. Smith became the first African American woman to be elected to political office in San Diego, serving eight years as a member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, twice as president.

Jan Carpenter Tucker is J.L. Carpenter Design, a woman- and minority-owned sole proprietorship.