Actress and author Victoria Rowell and friends hosted a benefit for the Harlem Hospital campaign along with the Hue-Man bookstore in New York this past Thursday. Those in attendance included actor/director Melvin Van Peebles and author Terry McMillan:
Victoria Rowell's book, The Women Who Raised Me, is a memoir about her experience in the foster care system as a child and the many women who raised and nurtured her to achieve the American dream. She lived in the foster care system until the age of eighteen.
Rowell is the founder of the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, which provides scholarships in arts and education to foster and adopted youth. She also serves as national spokesperson for the Annie E. Casey Foundation/Casey Family Services. In recognition for her humanitarian work, she has received numerous awards, including the United Nations Association Award, and was selected by 193 members of congress as a congressional Angel in Adoption.
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