Thursday, March 22, 2018

Remarkable Hudson Valley Women

Every year, during Women's History Month, Assemblymember Didi Barrett publishes a booklet called Women's History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties. This year, the fifth volume of the booklet features two women who spent part of their lives in Hudson: Megan Carr-Wilks, former NYPD officer and 9/11 first responder, and Dawn Langley Simmons, author and civil rights activist.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 23, in conjunction with the release of the booklet for 2018, Barrett is hosting a celebration of the life of Megan Carr-Wilks, who died last year from cancer, resulting from prolonged exposure to toxic air at Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. After retiring from the NYPD in 2010, Carr-Wilks moved to Hudson in 2011, where she worked as a school resource officer for the Hudson City School District. At the event tomorrow, family and friends of Carr-Wilks will share stories of her life and her contributions to our community. 

The event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the community room at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street. 

1 comment:

  1. Dawn Langley Simmons, author and civil rights activist...

    Before Dawn passed, she saw the grandchildren we shared, pass through North dock, as equal owners of shore, on our way to the Middle Ground Flats.

    Couldn't do that in the sixties!