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Congressman John Lewis Honored at Urban League Gala

11/22/2013, 6 a.m.
ULGA President and CEO Nancy Flake Johnson presents 52nd Annual ULGA Equality Opportunity Day Champion of Justice & Equality Award to Congressman John Lewis. Photo courtesy of ULGA. Photo courtesy of ULGA.

For more information about Georgia of Achievement, please visit www.georgiawomen.org or contact the GWA office at (678) 643-1981.

PRSA Georgia celebrates Spelman College’s health program

The Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored, in November, its top local public relations professionals and programs, presenting 148 awards for outstanding public relations work in 80 program and project categories from 214 entries.

The Best of Phoenix award, judged from the four highest-scoring program entries, went to Spelman College for its “Saving Our Sisters; Spelman College Launches a Wellness Revolution” program.

Spelman ended its National Collegiate Athletic Association participation in May 2013, rejecting sports, in order to tackle a bigger issue – reducing health disparities among African-American women. African-American women suffer and die from chronic illnesses at higher rates than women of other ethnicities. Spelman employed an integrated communications strategy to gain buy-in and raise funds for a new wellness facility.

Spelman’s Wellness Revolution has gained international attention and is considered a model to follow. The project garnered more than 769 million media impressions with coverage in 865 media, along with tremendous social media buzz; a 75 percent increase in wellness program participants from Spring 2012 to Fall 2012 and a 50 percent increase from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013; and as of June 2013, raised more than $6 million toward the $18 million needed for the new wellness facility.

U.S. Muslims tackle the issues of Islamophobia and women in Atlanta

“Eradicating Islamophobia: With a Conversation Around Women in Islam,” is this year’s theme for the 2nd Biennial Islamic Conference, November 22-24, at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel Atlanta.

The conference, hosted by Atlanta-based Islamic World International Conference (IWIC), will welcome Muslims and the faith community from across the country and abroad to this discussion.

Imam Sheikh Tijani Cisse of Senegal will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Imam Cisse is a renowned Islamic scholar, humanitarian, and serves as the spiritual adviser to over one million Muslims worldwide. In addition to numerous panel discussions, the conference will include many popular Muslim poets, singers, and musicians.

A red carpet formal banquet will take place on the evening of Saturday, November 23.

For more information on the conference, speakers and events, visit: www.islamicconference.org.

Events at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

In collaboration with the HIV/AIDS advocacy groups, Cycle for Freedom, Inc. and Stand-N-Truth, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host One Voice: A World AIDS Day Event 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. This community event will feature readings from the publication, Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS, edited by Khafre Abif. This event will also include a screening of the stage play, One Voice, written and directed by filmmaker, Tim Daniels.

In collaboration with Truth in Chaos Inc., a local community non-profit organization, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Killing the Message: Proactive Black Family Engagement with Contemporary Popular Culture 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. This community discussion will focus on the role of contemporary popular culture and targeted consumer driven media in undermining the spiritual, social and educational development of black children and young adults in the United States.

Auburn Avenue Research Library is located at 101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. For information, call 404-730-4001 ext. 100.