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Rosa Parks Museum Partnering with WIT to Celebrate Day of the Girl with Cultural & STEM Festival

Updated: Sep 13, 2023


In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, join Women in Training, Inc. and the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University on October 7, 2023, at the first WIT Multicultural & STEM Festival at the landmark museum in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The festivities run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and are free and open to all girls, their families and friends.


"The Rosa Parks Museum is honored to partner with Women in Training, Inc. for the 2023 International Day of the Girl Child festivities to continue uplifting and empowering young women," said Donna M. Beisel, Director of Operations, Rosa Parks Museum, Troy University.


Celebrated on October 11, International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address challenges girls face, promote girls’ empowerment and to promote the fulfillment of their human rights.

"This year’s International Day of the Girl celebration will highlight girls and women who have overcome challenges in their lives to make a difference in the communities around them,” said state Rep. Rolanda Hollis, the Women In Training board chairwoman. “From Octavia Spencer to U.S. Sen. Katie Britt to WIT Co-founders and my sheroes Breanna and Brooke Bennett, girls and women have always been at the forefront of meaningful and lasting change on a national and international scale.”


Here are the International Day of the Girl activities taking place at the Rosa Parks Museum on October 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:


Troy University's Rosa Park Museum exhibits on Rosa Parks and The Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The exhibits are possible, thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Shivalaya School of Indian Classical Dance

Ms. Sudha Raghuram is the Artistic Director of the Shivalaya School of Indian Classical Dance.

Kash Kinetics Dance, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Dr. Nandini Ramroop.

Kash Kinetics Dance, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Dr. Nandini Ramroop.

Mrs. Salma Ali will choreograph a fashion show of Islamic clothing. Mrs. Ali and other women from the Islamic community will also provide traditional food and drink samples.

Mrs. Salma Ali will choreograph a fashion show of Islamic clothing.

Henna, sponsored by Kam Sidhu and her daughter, Rehmat. Mrs. Sidhu is the proprietor of Avalon Montessori School at Ray Thorington Rd.

Henna, sponsored by Kam Sidhu and her daughter, Rehmat.

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FamilySearch, the world’s largest free genealogy service.

Nyoka Samuels-Gilchrist, originally from Jamaica, will lead participants in singing a traditional African Call-n-Response song. Ms. Samuels-Gilchrist is the proprietor of 7 Healing Waters.

Nyoka Samuels-Gilchrist from Jamaica will lead participants in singing a traditional song from Ghana.

Yunmeng Dance Ensemble

Yunmeng Dance Ensemble, established in 2020, is on a mission to empower women and promote Chinese culture through the captivating art of Chinese Dance.

Yellow Hammer Fund will provide the "Repro Raven" bus, filled with supplies for babies and young women, such as diapers, period products and safer-sex kits. They will also provide ready-to-eat food.


Children's Museum of Montgomery with STEAM experiential learning activities


1977 Books, owned by Alison Mollman and Stef Bernal-Martinez, will sell books by and about girls and women.

Women in Training, Inc. will kick off the day at 7:00 a.m. on October 7, 2023, with the 4th Annual WIT 5K Run/Walk: Empowering Girls to Change the World! at Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery. The 5K race is a fundraiser for Women In Training, Inc.’s signature WITKITS ​Campaign to provide menstrual products and hygiene items to young, low-income people who menstruate.


"The race will offer participants a visual tour of several historic sites in downtown Montgomery," said Laurie Edmondson, WIT 5K Race Director. "All along the 3.1-mile course this year, participants will have the opportunity to learn about many important girls and women - many of whom are working daily to effect change right here in Alabama - and to understand why organizations like WIT are vital to our communities."


Ms. Karan White will provide an energetic warm-up exercise before the 5K.

Karan White will lead the runners and walkers in a warm-up exercise.

Below is the 5K commercial produced by our Media Sponsor, WSFA 12 News.


International Day of the Girl sponsors to date include the following:


PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORS:


Montgomery County Commission and Yellowhammer Fund

Front row, from l to r: Montgomery County Commission Chairman Charles Jinright and Vice Chairman Isaiah Sankey. On back row: Commissioners Carmen Moore-Zeigler, Daniel Harris and Ronda M. Walker.


MEDIA SPONSOR:


WSFA 12 News


SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS:


Avalon Montessori at Ray Thorington Road, Montgomery MultiSport, and Walmart and Sam's Club.



BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS:


7 Healing Waters; Chappy's Deli on Carmichael Road; Cloverdale Playhouse; Ms. Sudha Raghuram, Artistic Director of Shivalaya School of Indian Classical Dance; Dr. Nandini Ramroop, Board Member and Montgomery Liaison, Central Alabama Caribbean American Association; and Smoothie King in East Chase.




Shivalaya School of Indian Classical Dance

Dr. Nandini Ramroop, Indo-Caribbean physician, sponsored a girls' dance group that will perform a Caribbean dance at the International Day of the Girl event on October 7, 2023.


For sponsorship information, or to offer a cultural activity for girls, please contact Ms. Bennett at bennett@womenintraining.org.



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