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Naomi Tutu to keynote 2011 Legends Award Reception April 19

Human rights activist Naomi Tutu will deliver the keynote address during the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis 2011 Legends Award Reception at the Peabody hotel on April 19. Human rights activist Naomi Tutu will deliver the keynote address during the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis 2011 Legends Award Reception at the Peabody hotel on April 19.  

 
 Naomi Tutu

The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, Nomalizo Leah Tutu, Naomi Tutu is known to deliver speeches that blend “the passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.”

 The Legends Award pays tribute to women whose work and life stories embody the mission of the Women’s Foundation, which is celebrating its 16th anniversary.

The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa is an important part of Naomi Tutu’s story. A single mother of three, she now lives in Nashville, traveling widely to address groups as varied as business associations, professional conferences, elected officials and church and civic organizations.

Her activism includes leading workshops dealing with different types of conflict and issues of race and racism. She also is a consultant to the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), founded by renowned author Riane Eisler and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams, and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA).

The Legends Award Reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

This year’s honorees are:

• Barbara R. Hyde of the Hyde Family Foundations.

• Onie Johns, founder of Caritas Village.

• Deanie Parker, whose long association with Stax included a tenure as President and CEO of the Soulsville Foundation.

• Marguerite Piazza, opera trailblazer and former National Crusade Chairman for the American Cancer Society.

• The late Annie Laurie Ervin Willis, a civil rights movement stalwart who was one of 12 mothers accompanying their children to integrate Memphis City Schools in 1961.

(For more information, call 901-578-9346, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.wfgm.org.)

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