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Civil Rights Movement Activist Guest Speaker at HOPE Ball

Sept. 1, 2006 – With Saturday the day for the AIDS gala sponsored by Helping Others in a Positive Environment – always referred to as HOPE – chief executive officer Ivy Moses said Friday that the organization has about 50 tickets left.
The ball to raise funds for the AIDS/HIV organization will be held at Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Resort. The black-tie event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets run $100 each.
Civil Rights Movement activist the Rev. Joseph Lowery is the guest speaker.
Lowery started his civil rights work in the early 1950s in Mobile, Ala., where he headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association. The organization was devoted to the desegregation of buses and public places.
In 1957, he and Martin Luther King Jr. formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Lowery also co-founded and served as president of the Black Leadership Forum, a consortium of black advocacy groups. The Forum began protesting apartheid in South Africa in the mid-1970s and continued until the election of Nelson Mandela.
The evening will also see a tribute to King and his wife, the late Coretta Scott King.
Moses said that it looks like many people waited until the last minute to buy their tickets.
"The phone is ringing off the hook," she said.
While Moses is pleased at the late interest, she said she's disappointed that more political candidates running in the upcoming elections haven't said they plan to attend.
"They need to learn more about the issue," she said.
Call HOPE at 777-1611.

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