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Stephanie McGraw: From Dirt to Destiny
July 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
In-Person and Online!
From Dirt to Destiny is about my struggles as a woman of color growing up in poverty, growing up in lack with poor education, no sense of direction, no goals, my failures and my successes.
What my journey has proven to show me is it doesn’t matter how far down you go, there is always a light or something bright that can guide us out, and that light found me and guided me out.
This week also features a performance by special musical guest Keith Anthony Fluitt!
Stephanie McGraw grew up in New York City Housing Authority projects and experienced abuse as a child and intimate partner violence as an adult. Surviving 30 years of abusive relationships and a resulting stay in a domestic violence shelter, there came a time in her life where there was a growing, burning desire to help victims journey from devastation to safety and independence.
Leaving the domestic violence shelter and growing out of her pain, Stephanie returned to her Harlem roots, where there was no one talking about real life issues related to domestic violence. As a result, she gave birth to WARM – We All Really Matter (a 501c non-profit organization) in 2010 to increase community awareness about domestic violence, and to empower victims to help themselves.
While what Stephanie does radiates from an internal fire rather than external recognition, she is grateful and further strengthened by the multiple recognitions about her work from NYC elected officials, community organizations, NYPD, newspapers, TV stations, and hospitals; as well as from the New York State Senate and the United Nations.
About Keith Anthony Fluitt
Keith Anthony Fluitt, a New York City born and rasied singer, has worked with many great artists of our time including Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Keith also sings lead vocals.
He went to Alvin Aliey Dance Shool, graduated from talent unlimited program at Julia Richmond High School (graduating with: Lisa Lisa, Gene Anthony Ray from Fame, Brenda K. Starr, and a host of others). Keith has performed with many great stars including but not limited to: Patti LaBelle, Martha Wash, Will Downing, Ashford & Simpson, Lala Brooks, Quincy Jones, amd Michael Jackson.
Notice: Only fully-vaccinated individuals are invited to attend in-person at this time. Proof of vaccination, photo ID, and mask are required.
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Presider: Larry Hurst
Monthly Collection: Blythedale Hospital
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