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Friday, October 17, 2008

Facing History and Ourselves brings Marian Wright Edelman to Bay Area

By Kevin L. Nichols

On Oct. 26, 2008, Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) and The Allstate Foundation will host a community event with Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund and best-selling author.

Through discussion of her newest book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small, Edelman will examine how to create a safer world for children. The event will be held at the Cowell Theater located at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event is free, and attendees will receive a complimentary copy of The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small.

“Our work with The Allstate Foundation allows us to bring community members together to truly engage with one another about issues impacting them and the world they live in,” said Jack Weinstein, director of FHAO, San Francisco, Bay Area. “We are fortunate to bring Mrs. Edelman to San Francisco to speak with students, teachers and community members about how to create a safer world for our children.”

The event is the eighth in Facing History’s Community Conversations series that brings prominent authors, filmmakers and policy leaders into communities to discuss topics on civic participation, individual and collective responsibility and diversity.

FHAO is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and anti- Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. FHAO reaches 1.8 million students worldwide each year.

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations on community initiatives that promote “safe and vital communities,” “tolerance, inclusion and diversity” and “economic empowerment.”

For more information or reservations, call Liz Vogel, associate director of Facing History and Ourselves, at (510) 786-2500, ext. 227; or visit www.facinghistory.org/allstate.

Kevin L. Nichols is an author and the president/CEO of KLN Publishing, located in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://klnpublishingllc.blogspot.com/.

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