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Since 2005, Linda Kelly has served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, and one of the oldest and largest of the approximately 700 community foundations in the country. Established in 1925, and now with more than 1,000 funds, the Hartford Foundation ended 2014 with approximately $930 million in endowment assets, and made 1,997 grants totaling $32.5 million over the course of the year.
Linda Kelly is also a board member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the MetroHartford Alliance (Hartford’s Chamber of Commerce and the region’s economic development leader) and is past chair of the Connecticut Network of Community Foundations. She recently served on the Audit Committee and Community Foundation Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations, a national association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. She has spent decades serving a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations in the Greater Hartford area, often in a leadership position.
Rosalia Durante, 98, has lived a remarkable life as a teacher and a humanitarian. In 1963-64, she taught spent time in Nigeria, teaching at the Corona International School in Lagos. Decades later, she and her husband became patients to Dr. Yele Aluko, one of her former students. The Charlotte Observer covered the amazing story of their reuinon after many years. Today, Ms. Durante will discuss this story and more on Giving Black Radio.
Jabari Asim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an author, poet, playwright, and an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has written 12 books, the most recent is Only The Strong, a novel.
Since 2007, he has been Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis magazine founded in 1910 by W.E.B. Du Bois and published by the NAACP. Asim was awarded a fellowship in nonfiction by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2009. From 1996-2007 Asim served as deputy editor of The Washington Post book review, as well as children's book editor and poetry editor, and as editor of The Washington Post's Education Review. He was a syndicated columnist on political and social issues for The Washington Post Writers Group for three years. Asim is a former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. He was Scholar-in-Residence in African-American Studies and in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2008-2010.
Adebukola Ajao is an undergraduate senior studying Political Science and Africana Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. As the co-founder of We Are the Ones, a coalition of young people, she strives to create positive social change in communities of color. She was recently appointed as commissioner for the National African American Reparations Commission where she researches reparatory justice. She is also a blogger for Huffington Post Black Voices and has writing forthcoming in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy.
Dorit Sasson, creator of Giving Voice to Your Story, interviews LeeAndra Chergey, author of Make a Wish for Me: A Family's Recovery from Autism.
When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered “normal,” she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey’s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart—and in the process, she learns that being “normal” is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance.Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society.
We'll talk about the courage it took her to deal with a system that did not support her family and autistic son and the courage it took for her to recover and live life fully. This is a podcast you definitely want to tune into!
Bruce is a visionary, entrepreneur, speaker, author, panelist, executive producer, writer, poet, consultant and social activist. He is the recipient of many awards, including a Peabody, a Milky, an Upscale Showcase, a Trail Blazer, and many others.
Bruce says his activisim is concerned with uplifting people in struggle. His recently trademarked the phrase, "Genius is Common," which can be found on a number of products and licensed in six states.
Bruce joins New England Blacks in Philanthropy to kickoff 100 Days of Giving Black, and share his advice on what giving means to him.
Talk about courage! Dorit Sasson, of Giving Voice to Your Story, will interview Eileen Flanagan of the memoir Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope is the story of a spiritual writer and mother of two who, while trying to change the world, unexpectedly finds the courage to change her life. With wit and wisdom, Eileen Flanagan shares the engaging journey that brings her from midlife spiritual crisis to fulfillment and hope—and, briefly, to jail.
Specifically, we'll talk about the journey that led Eileen to become a leader of a group that uses civil disobedience and similar tactics to fight climate change. The book starts with my first act of civil disobedience, when I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence along with 47 other people (including Daryl Hannah). You can read an excerpt: http://eileenflanagan.com/renewable/excerpt/
Dorit Sasson, of Giving Voice to Your Courage, interviews Jo Ivester, author of The Outskirts of Hope: A Memoir of the 1960s Deep South about her personal family journey with courage to the segregated American South. One of only two white families, and the only Jews, in all-black Mound Bayou, Mississippi in 1967, where Ivester and her family had a unique, front-row view of America during one of its most racially tumultuous eras. The Outskirts of Hope chronicles the experience and how her mother, who became a teacher, inspired the entire Mound Bayou community.
The Outskirts of Hope was called “a sensitive and powerful memoir of racial change in the South in the 1960s” by Booklist, and has continued to receive national attention since its release. Ivester has spoken on NPR’s “The Author’s Corner” and “Texas Standard,” and has been featured in the Austin Chronicle, Miami Herald, and many other media outlets.
Karla Nicholson is the Executive Director of Haymarket People’s Fund in Boston, Massachusetts. Haymarket is a 41-year old anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England.
Currently serving as a member of New England Blacks in Philanthropy, the Diversity Committee of the Associated Grantmaksers of Massachusetts, the Steering Committee of the Alliance: Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism, and the Steering Committee for Third Sector New England’s Inclusion Initiative. Previously serving on the Board of Directors of Haymarket People's Fund, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Board of Directors of the Funding Exchange, and Boston Arts Academy. She participated on the; and as a member of the initial Advisory Council of Kim Klein's National Grassroots Fundraising Conference.
With experience and skills in community organizing, development, and planning she works to strengthen and expand Haymarket's outreach in increasing their visibility and base of support. Her vision includes deepening and expanding opportunities with allies, partners, and especially Haymarket grantees to create an anti-racism movement for social change in communities across the New England region.
It's always difficult to move on after the death of a child. On today's show of Giving Voice to Your Courage, Dorit Sasson interview memoirist Kelly Kittel on the courage it took for her to move past grief and loss in her memoir Breathe.
Paul Goodnight's artwork currently resides in many institutional and private collections including The Smithsonian Institute and the Hampton University Museum. His artwork is very unique asthetically and typically incorporates African symbols and themes. Paul Goodnight's art has been influenced by his travels around the world including Brazil, Russia, Nicarauga, China and more. Paul Goodnight currently holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and received an honorary Masters of Fine Arts from the same institution in 1987. The honorary Master's Degree was given to him because of his dedication and accomplishments in the wonderful world of art.
Named a Transportation Innovator of Change by the President and U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012 for her long record of exemplary leadership and service in the transportation industry, Bev Scott (affectionately Dr. Bev) is noted for her visionary leadership, results-driven management, and laser focus on the importance of American infrastructure to access and opportunity for all people and communities.
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