Shelby native, Melissa Smylie, is one of three set to receive the Jeannette Rankin Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Montana on Saturday, June 8, for her fearless advocacy for others who may be struggling to overcome life’s barriers. Against all odds, Smylie was able to break free from Montana’s broken and counterproductive probation system. She faced incredible hardship and unfair treatment, but advocated for herself and ultimately surmounted the irrational and heartless barriers placed in her way. Now she is sharing her story so that she can make the system better for others.
The reception is open to the public and will take place at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, in Great Falls, at 6 p.m.