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The Stay Strong Foundation Launches National 'Healing Starts With US' Campaign With Celebrity Guests Denzel Washington, Ruby Dee, Mo'Nique, Terry McMillan, Rev. Al Sharpton and Others
Date:3/13/2008

ir life challenges, so that the healing can begin. Creating support networks around the country and the pledge commitments will return power to individuals and to communities," said Xavier Artis, Creative Philanthropist and CEO of Artis Connection, the company responsible for creating and producing the campaign and tour. "The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center is the perfect place from which to launch a community message of hope and healing."

The event, hosted by Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement and editor emeritus of ESSENCE, and Geoffrey Canada, educator and founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, brings together civic, social, political leaders and entertainers such as Academy Award(R) nominee Ruby Dee, John Amos, Mo'Nique, Terry McMillan, HBO's The Wire co-stars Jamie Hector and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Madeline McCray -- all reading insightful and provocative excerpts from BLACK PAIN and beginning an open and honest public discussion around depression. Academy Award(R) winner Denzel Washington will also pay special tribute to Malcolm X.

Campaign sponsors include The Dixon Group, Inc.; Forest City Ratner Companies; Macy's; Coca-Cola; The River Room; Columbia University Office of Government and Community Affairs; Jonathan Tisch Foundation, CareerPeeks; The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center; The Loreen Arbus Foundation; Moet Hennessy USA; The Middleton Law Group; Shabazz Fish & Grill; The Terrie Williams Agency; Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide; The Artis Connection; Planet Hollywood; BET; Sean Jean; National Cares Mentoring Movement; Alpha International Travel; and Sean John.

Quote from Jeff Johnson -- Campaign Spokesperson

"In an era of emotionally-charged campaigns that propose change, I am honored to endorse one that truly affects our communities to the core," said Jeff Johnson, national public speaker and campaign's spokesperson.
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