Allen Ellison for Congress Official Social Media Accounts

Friends, We want to connect with you and continue building the momentum behind the Allen Ellison for Congress campaign. Below is a full list of our official social media pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Official Facebook Pages: Allen Ellison for Congress Charlotte County for Allen Ellison DeSoto County for Allen Ellison Glades County for…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an American film and theatre actress, singer, and dancer. She is one of the first black actresses to have a successful Hollywood career and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award. Born November 9, 1922, Dandridge got her start performing as part of the singing group The Dandridge Sisters…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: John H. Sengstacke

John H. Sengstacke was an African-American newspaper publisher and owner of the largest chain of black newspapers in the country. Sengstacke published and managed several papers including the Michigan Courier in Detroit, the Tri-City Defender in Memphis, and the New Pittsburgh Courier.  Sengstacke used his platform and influence champion civil rights, push for integrating the armed forces and to create opportunities for African-Americans in the newspaper…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Coretta Scott King

Many remember Coretta Scott King as the wife of prolific Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., but Coretta Scott King forged her own path as an advocate for gay rights, the underprivileged, and the vulnerable. The media portrayed her as a mere accessory to her husband, but Coretta Scott King traveled the world for…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Richard Allen

Richard Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and founder of the first African Methodist Episcopal Church. Born a slave, Allen worked to earn money and purchase his own freedom for $2,000 in 1780. He taught himself to read and write before he began his career preaching. As a member of St. George’s Methodist Church, Allen became…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Dorothy Height

Dorothy Irene Height was the first political leader to embrace intersectionality in the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement by focusing on improving the lives of African American women. At a time when most activists treated the movements separately, Dorothy Height worked in both communities and highlighted the ways they overlapped. She was…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profiles: Joseph Blanchard

Joseph Blanchard was a sea captain and savvy business owner who played a significant role in establishing southwest Florida. Blanchard was conceived during slavery and born shortly after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. A successful businessman, Blanchard owned several businesses in Punta Gorda including orange groves, a vegetable stand and fishing boats. Blanchard was one of…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Rosa Parks

You have probably heard the story of how a tired seamstress became an accidental activist after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery. You have probably also heard how her refusal to give up her seat ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott nearly overnight. That story is…

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New Campaign Event: Desoto County Church Tour

On Sunday, February 9, the Ellison for Congress Campaign Committee has the incredible opportunity to meet with DeSoto County residents during a church tour. Allen Ellison wants to hear from you and share his vision with you. Churches have long served as pillars of hope in our communities so we find it fitting to meet…

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