Civil rights leader to speak in Avon |

Civil rights leader to speak in Avon

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, the students that integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., will speak in Avon on Sept. 1.

LaNier will be featured at a luncheon at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa hosted by the Vail Valley Regional Steering Committee of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

She will address the necessity of education in today’s competitive economy.

Net proceeds from this event will support the annual campaign to benefit Colorado’s women and girls through the statewide work of The WFCO. A portion of the net proceeds of this luncheon will also be granted to a nonprofit organization in Eagle County.

In 1957, at age 14, LaNier and eight other students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and became known as the Little Rock Nine. This act of courage became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. Violent opposition from other students and community members threatened their safety, and motivated President Dwight D. Eisenhower to dispatch the Army’s 101st Airborne Division to protect their constitutional rights.

Dr. Judy Caligiuri, counselor and educator at Red Canyon High School, will receive the inaugural Excellence in Service to Women and Girls in Eagle County Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the valley’s students.

A silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $60 each.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact The Women’s Foundation of Colorado directly by registering online at or by calling Kelly Fox at 303-285-2974.

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