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Manhattan Beach Prepares to Light Up in Purple And Gold

Aug 24, 2020 04:59PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Bright lights of purple and gold will shine in Manhattan Beach this week in honor of the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote.

The festive lights are part of a nationwide celebration of Women's Equality Day, August 26, which commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Buildings and landmarks across the country will light up in purple and gold as part of the Forward Into Light campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.”

In downtown Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach City Hall will light up on Wednesday and the lights will remain up through Election Day, November 3. The city has also hung a street banner on Highland Avenue outside City Hall. 

A group of local women worked to organize the effort and to encourage local businesses to participate. The committee included Manhattan Beach City Council Member Nancy Hersman; former Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth; Manhattan Beach USD School Board member Jen Fenton; Manhattan Beach City Clerk Liza Tamura; Kelly Stroman, the president and CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce; Jill Lamkin, executive director of the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association; and active community members Diane Wallace, Kim Edwards, and Jane Guthrie.

Where can you find the purple and yellow lights and signage?

Pages, a Bookstore installed their “Votes for Women/Use your Vote on November 3” window Sunday morning using their spotlights for color.

Gum Tree is using the "Use Your Vote" signs in their window.

Beach Cities Optometry has installed purple and yellow lights along their roof line.

Blue Diamond Jeweler has installed purple and yellow lights as well as signage.

Love and Salt will have their dining decks roped with 62-inch lights on Tuesday, along with signs on the restaurant window.

Finder's Keepers Consignment will have lights installed on Wednesday morning.

The Manhattan Beach City Council last week approved a proclamation honoring Women's Equality Day.

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