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Daily Breakthrough, November 18, 1977 - Page 8. November 18, 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4155/show/4126.

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Title Daily Breakthrough, November 18, 1977
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date November 18, 1977
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript p*0$&&% "One, a black woman in New York City, was one of the first runners," Pat Kery explained. "It had been a long time since she had run in competition and she found it terribly hard to get away from work. She was really nervous about getting in trouble for leaving her job. We had to make all sorts of arrangements for her and almost began to get tired of it but it was all worthwhile. She saw the torch coming and burst into tears. "Tears were running down her cheeks the whole time she ran—from 3rd Avenue and 22nd Street to the press conference at Cooper Union. Seeing how meaningful it was to her made it more meaningful for us." In Alabama, according to Kery, a woman convinced the men on the Birmingham Track Club team not to participate. "We were left in the lurch, so Peggy Koker- not, a marathon runner in Houston, flew in and ran 16 miles to get the torch through Alabama," she said. When the runner in New York City got lost, relay coordinators had to send a team of high school girls home because they didn't want them running through the streets after dark. The city coordinator, Dorie McCaffery, and her friends pitched in and ran all through the night to keep the relay on schedule. The route has taken runners from New York to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Each runner in the relay has signed an official declaration written by Maya Angelou, poet-playwright and IWY Commissioner, entitled, "To Form a More Perfect Union." The scroll, a 1977 Declaration of Sentiments to equal the 1848 version, was hand-lettered by Ida Fidelman, a secretary at Redbook magazine. The kerosene-burning torch and the scroll will be given to the Smithsonian Institution after the Houston conference. Who gets the credit for the Torch Relay? Kery credits the women who ran and the women who helped them. Sey Chassler says, "This project has been Pat Kery's all the way—she created a miracle in getting it together." Eighteen women served as state coordinators: Susan Nunnely, Alabama; Lu Albrecht, Connecticut; Bruce La Budde, Georgia; Jill Kelley, Louisiana; Ruth Koe- nigsburg, Maryland; Pat Griffin and Sally Ogilvie, Massachusetts; Dorothy Burdeson, Mississippi; Betsy East, New York; Dorie McCaffery, New York City; Sandy Petway, New Jersey; Laurie Arentz and Nora Lynn Finch, North Carolina; Nikki Franke, Penn sylvania; Ann Dickert, South Carolina; Dr. Virginia Curry and Patty Barrett, Texas; and Ann Lockett, Virginia. In Houston, runners are invited to join Olympic gold medal winners Wilma Rudolph and Donna deVerona, to run the last three miles of the relay. The starting point for the three-miles run is Fonde Recreation Center, 110 Sabine (near Houston Ave. and Memorial Dr. intersection). The torch will arrive there at 10:45 a.m. Friday for a 45-minute run to Overlook Park, the gathering point for runners for the final mile. "There was a lot of pressure from a lot of people who would have liked to be PAT FIELD the last runner," said Kery. "But we felt it was inappropriate to let a celebrity take the spotlight away from all the unknown women who have participated in this. We wanted to let all the women who have been involved be represented at the end." To represent all those uncelebrated women, three Houston runners were selected to run the last stretch of the relay and deliver the torch to Jones Plaza: Michele Cearcy, a student at Wheatley High School; Sylvia Ortiz, a junior at the University of Houston; and Peggy Kokernot, Houston marathon runner who also ran the torch through Alabama. The IWY Torch Relay seems to have captured the hearts and imaginations of American women because it captured the spirit of the National Women's Conference. As Lenore Hershey, IWY Commissioner and editor of Ladies' Home Journal, stated: "These meetings aren't for confron- tation-we're having them to celebrate the advancement of women. The one thing you can't do is run backwards." (see photos page 27) DAYBR<EAK haircut parlor 2437Vg university boulevard 522-2350 The University of Houston Program Council and Student Association, Dept. of Women's Affairs present rm£ oo.respondENTS, A READER'S THEATER Performing "Give 'Em An Inch" an exploration of women and equality, the controversies of "woman's role" echo through century-old writings, virtually ^distinguishable from the aigumentspf today. Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm DC Coffeehouse Seminars to be held Friday rrrorning NonStudents: $2.00 - Students: Free Of particular interest to the student of speech, drama, literature, women's affairs .. . DAILY BREAKTHROUGH NOVEMBER 18, 1977 PAGE 7