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King Center to host ‘Girl Rising’ event
by Staff Reports
March 28, 2014 09:34 AM | 4395 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The King Center, in honor of CEO Bernice A. King’s birthday, Thursday announced it will hold a special screening of excerpts of the award-winning documentary “Girl Rising” for more than 220 metro Atlanta girls 10 to 21 Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The screening is being shown as part of the center’s five-year Choose Nonviolence Campaign that, in 2014, is focused on empowering women and girls, and in recognition of Women’s History Month.

Each excerpt, which showcases the resiliency of young girls throughout the world, will be followed by an interactive discussion led by a Fox 5 television anchor. The objectives of the event are to: increase the girls’ awareness that they are global citizens, explore the impact of choosing nonviolence as a lifestyle and provide a forum for girls to share their life experiences. The program, which is now filled to capacity, will be hosted in center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium.

In announcing the program, King, who turned 51 Friday, said “This experience is designed to educate, empower and inspire young women to confront and overcome the obstacles they face in their struggles to fulfill their dreams and impact the global community.”

“Girl Rising” tells the unforgettable, true stories of nine girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds, to pursue their dreams. The film features renowned actors telling the girls’ stories, using the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors in an uplifting testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Following the screening and panel discussion, the girls will join King in a special reception and birthday celebration.

Information: Tangela Gray, (404) 526-8985 or (404) 526-8944.

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