Category Archives: Culture

Walk to End FGM

FGM is the intentional removal of either all or part of the external female genitalia and is not religiously mandated.  85% of maternal and infant mortality in Africa is the result of FGM.  Presently, FGM is being practiced here on American soil, as well as the UK, and the EU.  We want it stopped in the world!
 
200 MILLION girls and women are alive today who have had their genitals cut off.  Maria will be participating in the 6th Walk to End FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). Somalia has a 98% cut compliance rate!
 

Money raised from this event will be used to support the “Lisa C. Bruch Scholarship Fund to help pay for the education of girls in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea which also have high cut rates.  Their parents are asked to sign a legally binding document that states they will not allow their daughters to be cut.  This is enforced by an annual physical exam.
 
 

Join us for this 2-day Event!

GLOBAL WOMAN AWARDS CEREMONY – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019
6:30 PM (1830) EST, Friday 10/18/19
Awards and Silent Auction
Milken Institute School of Public Health
George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
WALK TO END FGM 2019 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019
Pre-Walk Program: 12:00 Noon EST, Saturday, 10/19/19
High Profile Keynote Speaker, Prizes & Recognition
National Sylvan Theater
Washington Memorial Drive, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
 

WALK-A-THON STARTS
1:30pm on Saturday, October 19th
Walk Route: Begin at the Sylvan Theater and we will walk to the Lincoln Memorial and back to the Sylvan Theater.

Michael Steel, Political Analyst for MSNBC

Divisiveness in America: Is There Any Hope for Common Ground? This week we are honored to have the former Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Mr. Michael Steele as our guest. Michael Steele is an American conservative political commentator and Chair of the from 2009 – 2011 and served as the lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003-2007. Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and commentator is showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele can be heard weekly on his radio program ‘Steele & Unger’ on the POTUS Channel on Sirius XM. Please join us and hear Michael’s views on our current political polarization and how we may be able to bring America back together!

Dr. Christian Claxton Gregory

We are honored to have Dr. Christian Claxton Gregory, eighth child of Dick and Lillian Gregory, as our guest! Dr. Gregory served as Dick Gregory’s business manager, adviser and confidant and currently serves as the sole executor of the Estate of Dick Gregory. He is the founding partner of Legends and Legacies Entertainment, Director of the Dick Gregory Foundation/Society, Author, Board Certified Chiropractor, and Medical Director of Washington Spine & Disc. We’ll be talking about the new play TURN ME LOOSE, a play about Comic Genius Dick Gregory at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.. Maria and I will be attending the play & Champagne Reception on Friday, October 12, 2018 – the 86th anniversary of Dick’s birthday!

Professor Edward Schmitt

Our guest this week is Professor Edward Schmitt, an Associate Professor of History at UW-Parkside, currently working on a book about the unique role of activist and humorist Dick Gregory in the social movements of the 1960s. Dick Gregory (Richard Claxton Gregory) was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.

Jules Martinez Hirst, Business/Social Etiquette Expert

Are you concerned about the lack of civility in America today and the polarization of our country? What does civility really mean?

And how does one incorporate the practice of civility into work and life? Our guest Jules Martinez Hirst is a sought-after business & social etiquette expert, co-author of ‘The Power of Civility’ and founder of Etiquette Consulting, Inc. Jules will be addressing these questions and more!