Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP When AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and his wife met the revered South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 1994, the first thing that Dr. Rand said he noticed about his demeanor was the “quiet dignity” that he exuded. In a statement upon his death, Rand also described the beloved Madiba’s “strong conviction, inspiring confidence, the wisdom of his years and experiences, and a strong moral character.” Dr. Rand concluded, “He …

Ft. Wayne Resident Curt Sylvester Among First Graduates of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute

Ft. Wayne Resident Curt Sylvester Among First Graduates of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Curt Sylvester of Ft. Wayne participated in the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI.    Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, Curt did not physically attend the event, but watched via Skype.  He was one of only 22 volunteers from all across the country selected for this program.  Curt is also the state president of AARP Indiana, the organization’s top volunteer leadership position. VLI is a rigorous and innovative …

Fighting for Hoosiers 50+ at the IN Statehouse

Fighting for Hoosiers 50+ at the IN Statehouse

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy Local lawmakers will be returning to the Indiana Statehouse in early 2014.  And, we will be ready!  Drawn from all walks of life and every corner of the state, AARP Indiana’s volunteer Legislative Team carries our message directly to the Statehouse throughout the legislative session. Team members are trained on the issues, the legislative process and AARP’s priority legislation. They also build crucial personal relationships with lawmakers from their districts in order to advance the interests of older Hoosiers. During …

There’s a Volunteering Niche that Fits You

There’s a Volunteering Niche that Fits You

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Nancy Johnson • Terry Vertrice Almon spent more than two decades in management at a worldwide cosmetics company. Today she uses skills she learned as a trainer and meeting planner in a new field: volunteering for AARP. Almon, 76, said she loves being able to use her professional experience and people skills as a member of AARP Indiana’s legislative team, advocating for older residents, and as a volunteer distributing AARP information at senior fairs and health expos. Statehouse advocate In …