Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Power Belle Hat Tea featuring Iyanla Vanzant

The Power Belle Hat Tea featuring Iyanla Vanzant; The Power Belle Hat Tea™ will honor women who were leaders of and participants in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama. First Ladies from the mass meeting churches of Birmingham will join Mayor William Bell and Harry Belafonte as they listen to energetic speaker, Iyanla Vanzant in a celebration of the dynamic women who helped change America and ultimately the world. Women from all walks of life will join Belafonte as he pays special recognition to a group of women who have not been fully recognized for their contributions as well as women who are continuing the legacy of helping to make life better for others. The Power Belle Legacy Award recipients are: Ruby Shuttlesworth, Doris Gary, Lola H. Hendricks, Yvonne Turner, Ruth Barefield-Pendleton, Leola Early, LaVerne Revis Martin, Lois M. Hall, Julia Rainge and Ameila Boynton Robinson. Most of the honorees range from 80 to 102 years of age and have never been recognized for their contribution to a very important time in the history of Birmingham. They were the infrastructure of the movement, without which the movement would not have been successful. The Power Belle Bold Hat Award recipients are: C. Virginia Wolf, Lajuana Bradford, Nyaa Parson-Hudson, Katie Davis, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Sunny Sheppard, Judge Carole Smitherman and Isabel Rubio. These women are following the tradition of courageous and gallant action that improves the lives of others. They are involved in helping to eliminate HIV/AIDS, human trafficking and discrimination and represent the realization of the dreams promoted by the women who so bravely fought for the ability of these women to occupy their present status. It is 50 years forward. For tickets and more information visit, or call 877.687.7251 Additionally, The Southern Christian Leadership (SCL) Foundation invites you to meet and network with the women behind the hat of the Power Belle Tea on Friday, April 12th at the Sheraton Hotel Bar & Lounge located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. April 12th 11:30 am BJCC - South Meeting Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North Individual tickets are $80.00 with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to a Birmingham organization that focuses on providing support services to women who are living with HIV/AIDS