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First Lady Gives Inspirational Speech at “Black Girls Rock!” Event

KIMBERLY WILSON | The Root   in  ·
April 1, 2015

Less than 24 hours after attending the 2015 Black Girls Rock! event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, I’m still in awe of the tremendous inspiration and sisterhood that filled the room.

The star-studded event, which occurred against the backdrop of Women’s History Month, was co-hosted by actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, who helped celebrate the accomplishments of women of color in education, social justice, music, literature and film.

Honorees included New York City educator Nadia Lopez, principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn; actresses Cicely Tyson and Jada Pinkett Smith; singer Erykah Badu; film director Ava DuVernay, whose Selma won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture; and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization…


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