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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13, 2020
Contact: Brandalyn Gill – 346.704.4431, mlkdaysummit@gmail.com, www.mlkdaysummit.com

The Show Must Go On ::2020 MLK JR MENTAL HEALTH AND LITERACY SUMMIT POSTPONED :: Change Happens (Northern Third Ward Neighborhood Implementation Project) To Join The People’s Family Workshop as Presenters !

In the eleventh hour with only 10 days left before the momentous event, Brandalyn Gill, local Houston self-published and Houston Independent School District-endorsed author, producing actress, and community activist was almost prepared to give up as program director for the 2020 MLK Jr. Day Mental Health and Literacy Summit. The event was originally set to take place on the 20th of this year, but one meeting with Ms. Phylicia Coleman, Program Coordinator at Change Happens changed everything – including the date. She had a one on one conversation and heart-to-heart meeting with Gill and the poster child for the event, Sinai Gill on last Friday. Coleman turned the spirits towards the event in a completely positive direction, leaving Gill with no regret to postpone the event until Summer 2020.

“ I really wish I had talked to you earlier … We could have helped you with this …” Coleman told Gill, splitting her attention between the original program flyer and Gill’s daughter. The Northern Third Ward Consortium was founded in October 2015 in efforts to initiate a neighborhood-planning effort in Third Ward in response to Wells Fargo Regional Foundation’s invitation for a Neighborhood Planning Grant. The Northern Third Ward Neighborhood Implementation Project, better known as the Northern Third Ward Project, is a syndicate of programs to aid in the improvement of neighborhood building, education, economic development and workforce, housing, and services for children, youth, and families in Third Ward. The partnership between NTWNIP and The People’s Family Workshop seemed like a match made in heaven for a community and life-changing event. “I was so relieved to speak with Phylicia about the project; she received the message right away and truly understood the need for the event … She was already talking about a second year. I felt so rewarded. I felt like all of Houston was being rewarded”.

Gill has galvanized some of the most powerful names in psychology and education to sit on the panel of the multimedia event, answering Dr. King’s, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Now, with a longer time period to plan and fund, she looks forward to these keynote speakers having a vivid cross-talk on the stage of MacGregor Park for over 200 people: Dr. James Douglas, the President of the Houston Chapter of the NAACP; Angelina Hudson, Director of Education and Special Programs for NAMI Greater Houston; Dr. Elwyn C. Lee, Vice Chair of the Chancellor’s Office at University of Houston; Deloyd Parker, President and Co-Founder of the Shape Center; and Tiffany Nelson, innovator and owner of Imagiread. Gill will also be debuting her real-life-story and documentary “Wrong Way Home: 60 Minutes with Brandalyn Gill” and is proud to give back by her truth.
“We still need volunteers and sponsors to see this event through. Please reach out at www.mlkdaysummit.com or call 346.704.4431. It only takes $20 to save a child’s mind …”.
This message was partially sponsored by Abdel-Maajid Baha of Mind Body Spirit, Radio One, Citywide Massage Houston, Colston Repairs, Fast Signs, the City of Houston, Mr. Armani Valentino for Bowie County Judge 2020.
Posted By: Brandalyn Gill
Wednesday, February 5th 2020 at 11:42PM
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