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U.S. cultural ambassador to speak at St. Philip’s Women’s Day program

5/12/2017, 7:47 a.m.
Humanitarian and activist Yewande Austin, president of the Global Institute for Diversity and Change, will be the Women’s Day speaker ...

Humanitarian and activist Yewande Austin, president of the Global Institute for Diversity and Change, will be the Women’s Day speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 21, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 2900 Hanes Ave.

Ms. Austin is an honorary U.S. cultural ambassador to the African nation of Malawi.

She founded the Global Institute, formerly known as Change Rocks Institute, more than a decade ago. Its mission is to bridge the gap between people with diversity and inclusion programming, leadership training, curriculum development, youth empowerment and social consciousness building.

The multidisciplinary approach, which also involves music, helps participants to develop critical thinking skills and to foster creative solutions to global problems.

As part of Women’s Day events, the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Women’s Group also will host the documentary “13th” by Ava DuVernay that explores the history of racial inequality in the United States.

The film, dinner and a community forum will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the church. The event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 20, the Women’s Group will host a day of service, cleaning the church’s interior and grounds, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, (804) 321-1266.