It's National Women's History Month, and appropriately, seniors in Brooklyn Park are talking about Rosa Parks. They're also discussing Marion Anderson and other women who have made their indelible mark on America.

The catalyst for all this conversation is what Kathy White, satellite coordinator for the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, calls "an impromptu little history program (about) women."

White started the Women's History Program about three months ago as one of many activities offered by the Department of Aging at the Brooklyn Park Library, and the discussions have been going on since.

Every Thursday, White presents photos of the women to be discussed and highlights some of their accomplishments. The 10-15 attendees take it from there.

"I just present my display and we just start talking," White explains.

The program is supported, in part, by the National Women's Society, which provides the photographs and some literature about women of historical importance.

According to White, the program, which she stresses is not only for women, has filled a void in recognizing women in American history. White herself was unfamiliar with some of the women highlighted until she discussed them in the half-hour program.

During recent sessions, singer Marion Anderson, the woman who was banned from performing at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., solely because she was black, rang a bell with many of the seniors. Several of the women recalled how Anderson later performed at the Lincoln Memorial to world-wide news coverage, much to the shame of the venue's former owners.

Jennifer Keats contributed to this article.

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