The Global Perspectives Office and the Women’s Studies Program will host the eighth annual “Women and Leadership” forum Thursday, Sept. 18. Two daughters of the civil rights movement, Cheryl Brown Henderson and Peggy Wallace Kennedy, will discuss their perspectives on the movement as it happened and as it continues today.

Henderson is the daughter of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, named in the court case, Brown v. Board of Education, which deemed school segregation unconstitutional. Kennedy is the daughter of the late former governor of Alabama, George C. Wallace, who infamously tried to block desegregation in Alabama’s schools, in contrast to her own views. Both women welcome the opportunity to present together.

The event is the first in a series at UCF that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas, UCF’s Diplomacy Program director, will moderate the forum, and vice president of UCF’s Student Government Association, Sydney Altfield, will provide opening remarks.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. For more information, visit

This event is a feature of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Studies Program at UCF, which includes a week of campus and community events.