MLK Tribute Float in the 2018 Rose Parade® Presented by Honda: AHF Sets Media Availabilities for Dec. 30th & Dec. 31st with Float Riders

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LOS ANGELES–()–In conjunction with AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) entry in the 2018 Rose Parade® presented by Honda and its float honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 50th anniversary of his death, AHF and The Heather Heyer Foundation will host media availabilities to make their float riders—including Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, a counter protester who lost her life during violent white supremacy demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA—available to speak with the press on Saturday, December 30th and Sunday, December 31st at Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale, CA.

CALIFORNIA MEDIA AVAILABILITIES with AHF FLOAT RIDERS: Sat., Dec 30th& Sun. Dec. 31st

Media availabilities will take place in Southern California on Saturday, December 30 and Sunday, December 31, 2017 with AHF float riders in the Rose Parade® including Susan Bro and Alfred Wilson of the Heather Heyer Foundation.

WHAT:

   

MEDIA AVAILABILITIES—with AHF’s Rose Parade®Presented by Honda Float Riders:

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville protest

Alfred Wilson, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Heather Heyer Foundation

Kibiriti Majuto, Youth Essay Contest Winner (Charlottesville, VA)

Lilia ‘Lily Sweet’ King, Youth Essay Contest Winner (Tallahassee, FL)

Cynthia Davis, MPH, Chair, AHF Board of Directors

Reverend Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church (West

Adams) and member of AHF’s Board of Directors

 
WHEN:

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 10:00am – 11:00am

WHERE: Fiesta Parade Floats 16016 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale, CA 91702
 
WHEN:

Sunday, December 31, 2017- AFTER FLOAT JUDGING

WHERE: Fiesta Parade Floats 16016 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale, CA 91702
 
CONTACTS:

Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications Dir. 323-791-5526 cell, and

Alfred Wilson, Co-founder & Executive Director, Heather Heyer Foundation tel: 434-964-7617 cell

To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death in 1968 and in the wake of the violent Charlottesville, Virginia demonstrations last summer during which counter-protester Heather Heyer lost her life, AHF is dedicating its entry in the 129th Rose Parade® (and AHF’s seventh year in the parade) to “Keeping the Promise” with its float honoring Dr. King and other passionate social justice advocates like Ms. Heyer, who stood up to hate and injustice at risk of their own lives.

Three young essay contest winners and two runners-up were selected from an essay contest that posed the question, “What are you doing to stand against hate in your community?”

The Heather Heyer Foundation/AHF youth essay contest winners include:

  • Lilia ‘Lily Sweet’ King, a 17-year-old from Tallahassee, FL, whose essay focused on her ‘Longest Table’ project to build community
  • Aleena Haidari, a 17-year-old from Charlottesville, VA. Born in Pakistan, her essay focused on her Muslim heritage and discrimination she and her family has faced.
  • Kibiriti Majuto, a 19-year-old from Charlottesville, VA. Born in Democratic Republic of Congo, his essay focused on his participation on the Board at the Charlottesville Center for Peace & Justice and on other civic engagements.

Essay contest runners-up include:

  • Amaya Wallace, a 16-year-old from Charlottesville VA.
  • Brianna Parker, a 16-year-old from Columbia, VA.

The Keep the Promise youth essay contest launched in October. The top three winners of the essay contest will each receive $5,000 grants from AHF either for community projects or toward furthering their education. And two of essayists—Ms. King and Mr. Majuto—are being flown to Los Angeles and have earned the singular opportunity to ride on the 2018 AHF Rose Parade float highlighting community heroes and honoring the courage and sacrifice of civil rights and social justice activists throughout history, while also representing the next generation of American activists and community leaders. The two runners-up will each receive $1,000 grants from the Heather Heyer Foundation.

Other advocates for social justice who will ride on the AHF float along with the two young essay contest winners and Ms. Bro include:

  • Alfred Wilson, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Heather Heyer Foundation and a close friend of Ms. Heyer.
  • Cynthia Davis, MPH, Chair of AHF’s Board of Directors and an AHF Board Member for 29 of AHF’s 30 years as well as an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the College of Medicine and College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Davis was instrumental in the development of the first dedicated mobile HIV testing project in Los Angeles County in 1991.
  • Reverend Kelvin Sauls, also an AHF Board Member and Senior Pastor at Holman United Methodist Church in West Adams District of Los Angeles.

“My daughter Heather stood bravely for unity and against hate and always believed in dialogue and discussion as the keys to peace,” said Susan Bro, mother of slain activist Heather Heyer and Co-founder of the Heather Heyer Foundation. “We are honored to continue Heather’s legacy by partnering with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and encouraging young people across the country to promote peace.”

And in a symbolic and fitting tribute to Ms. Heyer, each of the six AHF MLK float riders will wear a purple scarf—Heather’s favorite color.

AHF Community Reception at Holman United Methodist Church, Sunday, December 31st

While the advocates, float riders and their families are in Los Angeles for the Rose Parade® and following the float judging in Irwindale, AHF will also host a ‘meet and greet’ coffee/community reception at Holman United Methodist Church in the Historic West Adams District of South Los Angeles. Reverend Kelvin Sauls, an AHF Board Member and who will be riding on the MLK tribute float, is Senior Pastor at Holman. The reception will follow the 11:00 am service at Holman, which the float riders will join-in-progress following completion of their duties during the Tournament of Roses’ float judging protocol.

WHAT:

   

SOUTH L.A. COMMUNITY RECEPTION—with AHF’s Rose Parade®Float Riders:

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville protest

Alfred Wilson, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Heather Heyer Foundation

Kibiriti Majuto, Youth Essay Contest Winner (Charlottesville, VA)

Lilia ‘Lily Sweet’ King, Youth Essay Contest Winner (Tallahassee, FL)

Reverend Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church (West

Adams) and member of AHF’s Board of Directors
WHEN:

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

WHERE:

Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

• NOTE: Reception will be in the Fellowship Hall, with a brief speaking program.

Background on AHF’s 2018 Rose Parade® Float

The AHF float will recreate the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which King and other icons of the civil rights movement marched across in 1965 in what became known as ‘Bloody Sunday,’ when armed policemen attacked civil rights demonstrators with billy clubs and tear gas. Rising at the back of the float will be a rendering of Lei Yixin’s ‘Stone of Hope’ granite statue of MLK. AHF and Heather Heyer Foundation officials also believe that its “Keeping the Promise” theme dovetails quite effectively with this year’s official Tournament of Roses’ theme: “Making A Difference.”

About The Heather Heyer Foundation:

The Heather Heyer Foundation was founded in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, to honor the memory of Heather Heyer, who lost her life on August 12, 2017, when a car plowed into a crowd of counterdemonstrators who were protesting a white nationalist rally. The Foundation provides scholarships to individuals passionate about positive social change. For more information, visit www.heatherheyerfoundation.com.

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 855,000 individuals in 39 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare

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