“This event is designed to spark community dialogue to help increase awareness of kidney disease and mobilize people to become active in the promotion of early detection and prevention. We will honor two outstanding individuals for their contributions to and support for efforts to raise awareness about the importance of research in fighting kidney disease.”, says Romalic M. Jones, Founder and Executive Director of Just Say Y.E.S and a kidney transplant recipient.
About The Keynote Speaker: Beverly C. Robertson is currently President of the National Civil Rights Museum and principal of TRUST Marketing and Communications Consortium. She has amassed over 25 years of experience in Public/Community Relations, Communications, Strategic Planning and Research. Chosen as Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum in 1997, Beverly has had a profound effect on the national prominence and reputation of the Museum. She has established an archive system, formalized policies and procedures, executed the most successful Freedom Award event ever, and completed an $11 million dollar capital campaign in 2002 and is currently engaged in a $40 million renovation and endowment project. Under her guidance and expertise the NCRM received recognition as one of the top ten national treasures by USA Today.
She has received numerous awards most recently the National Community Service Award from the National Council of LaRaza, the African Diaspora Award, recognized as a Woman of Excellence by the Tri-State Defender newspaper inducted into the African American Hall of Fame, acknowledged as a Keeper of the Legacy Award by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for Women, Briggs Foundation Award, the Saint Martin de Porres Award from the Catholic Church, received the Latino Memphis Keeper of the Dream Award. She has been featured in several national publications including: Essence, The New York Times, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Dollars & Sense and Redbook Magazines.
About The Kidney Recipient and Donor: Melvin Johnson is a 44 year old African American male who had been on dialysis for 3 ½ years prior to his transplant. He has a family history of Renal Failure. His mother died 4 years ago from an out-patient surgical procedure that was only meant to replace a dialysis shunt in her arm. Melvin attributes his second chance at life to the love and thoughtfulness of his niece, 23 year old Brenda Johnson, who donated a kidney to Melvin on July 26, 2012.
About Just Say Y.E.S., Inc.: Just Say Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Supporters) was established in 1995. We provide services to the community by enlightening and empowering youth and young adults in becoming productive individuals. Since our inception, Just Say Y.E.S. has sponsored numerous health fairs, Stop the Violence Crime Marches and has helped young people to expand their talents through Performing Arts Productions. Our plight is to bring more attention to positive things that we as individual people collectively can do to help others. Just Say Y.E.S. is a 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from fundraisers, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers. For more information, please visit us on Facebook.
ATTENTION MEDIA: If you are interested in On Air Interviews with organizers or covering this event please call, Johnny Diggs at (615) 636-3207 or johnny@
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