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Tune in to find out more about GirlTrek, a national movement of Black women and girls inspired to lead healthier, more fulfilled lives. For more information, please visit www.girltrek.org.
God of Yesteryears and Tomorrows,
Today, we gather as Sisters. Sisters committed and engaged in the struggle to claim and reclaim our bodies, lives and communities.
We stand in this moment, many of us carrying heavy loads, burdens and numerous responsibilities, but we do not stand alone.
We come together across this nation with our hips, curves, bellies and thighs, holding our heads up high and representing a movement 100 years in the making.
Today we represent Harriet, Sojourner, Rosa, Coretta, Wilma, Barbara, Ruby, Maya and countless others, and now we speak their names...
We represent the many women who have walked before us Grannies, BigMamas and Aunties. And now we speak their names...
We represent and stand in the gap and walk for our sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and colleagues who are not here today but we speak their names...
And God, we represent those who will follow behind us. Those that are born and those yet to be born, and we speak their names and call to their spirits...
God, let us catch afire with hope, healing and grace. “Stony the road we trod” but remind us that we never, ever journey alone because we are not only our sister’s keeper, we are our sister.
In your Infinite name we pray.
Written by Rev. Theresa Thames for GirlTrek’s Harriet Tubman Tribute © 2014
Talking to Ruben Studdard about his new album, weight loss, and his commitment to getting his fans to be all they are "Meant to Be."
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50,000 women strong, non-profit organization, GirlTrek has been inspiring and influencing women and young girls throughout the country to take strides in the right direction for their health. What started off as a routine phone conversation between Vanessa Garrison and Tanya Morgan Dixon, later evolved into women feeling empowered and living more a fulfilled life, yearly fitness training programs, a national walking campaign, and much more.
Taking steps towards social activism by focusing on public health, Vanessa joins me to discuss how her life has changed since GirlTrek, the goals and vision for the organization, and how you can get involved including their annual national walking campaign taking place nationwide.
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Some people don’t wait for a door to be opened to them – they create the door and open it themselves! Amazing new opportunities arise when you decide to create something new. Join Trina and two women who did just that. These trailblazers will share their stories – about how they built new initiatives by filling important roles - encouraging women writers and launching a health movement among African American women.
Kimberly Garrett Brown is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Minerva Rising Literary Journal, a publication dedicated to celebrating the creativity in every woman. She started the journal out of a passion for the arts and a lifelong mission of championing woman. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Master of Science in Written Communication. She is currently working on a novel about the Harlem Renaissance.
T. Morgan Dixon is co-founder and CEO of Girl Trek, an organization that encourages healthy lifestyles among African-American women, starting with walking on a regular basis. Her background includes serving as director of leadership development for Achievement First. She began her career with Teach For America and later as was awarded their 2012 Social Innovation Award. Morgan earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at Seton Hall
Trina Ramsey is a career and life coach, specializing in personal transformation and career transition. With 20 years of experience in business and management, Trina's is a "people person" and a change agent. Trina started her business, Perspectives Plus Coaching in 2009 after spending 15 years as a nonprofit fundraiser and experience running her own interior decorating business. For more on Trina visit trinaramsey.com.
Brown Girl Collective celebrates BOLD, Brilliant and Beautiful women and girls of African descent by paying homage to our past, while preparing for our future. On this, our first show, BGC Founder and Creator Marcie L. Thomas will share bits and pieces of the Brown Girl Collective vision.
Special guests will include: Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D., a Cleveland, Ohio-based psychologist and author of Girls Got Issues: A Woman's Guide to Self-Discovery and Healing. Dr. Dent, president of Monford- Dent Consulting and Psychological Services, LLC, is an expert in a variety of issues that impact African American women, men and children, to include physical and sexual abuse, bullying prevention and mental health. Learn more about Dr. Dent at www.monforddentconsulting.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Tyffani-Monford-Dent-Monford-Dent-Consulting/126263794050714.
Vanessa Garrison, Founder and Director of GirlTrek (www.GirlTrek.org) will also stop by to talk about the 2014 Harriet Tubman Celebration Weekend, taking place from March 7th-10th. The 4-day event will include girlfriend get-togethers, neighborhood walks, a time for prayer and reflection and more! Beyond the weekend celebration, GirlTrek is committed to helping Black women and girls get healthy, and encourages wellness with regular fitness-centered events throughout the country. Follow them on Facebook to learn more about all of their programs at https://www.facebook.com/HealthyBlackWomenandGirls