Jiang-Stein, celebrated author, born to heroin-addicted mother, conquered adversity and uses experience to help heal others
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (October 19, 2015) — In appreciation of its members, friends, and supporters, the Muhammad Ali Center is inviting the public to attend the final Daughters of Greatness event of 2015 for FREE on November 6. The regular price for this event is $20 for Ali Center members and $25 for non-members.
Throughout the year, the Muhammad Ali Center Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.
On Friday, November 6, the Ali Center is honored to welcome Deborah Jiang-Stein. Born heroin-addicted to an incarcerated mother, Deborah is the author of the memoir, Prison Baby (Beacon Press) described as “One woman’s struggles—beginning with her birth in prison—to find self-acceptance, proving that redemption and healing are possible even from the darkest corners.”
A skilled storyteller and author, Jiang-Stein shares a one-of-a-kind story of adversity, triumph, transformation, and healing. She is also the founder of The unPrison Project, a nonprofit working to empower incarcerated women and girls with life skills and mentoring to prepare for successful life after prison. In addition, Deborah is the author of Women Behind Bars (Shebooks,) the collected interviews of incarcerated women. Today, Deborah chronicles the challenges and stigmas that plagued her, all compounded with her multi-racial identity. Her journey of transformation, and the search to overcome adversity, led her to find triumph against great odds. She’s re-framed herself into the positive force she is today: writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and mother. From rebellion to survival, Deborah conveys through her unique perspective that although progress is not always linear, it is always possible.
A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program will follow from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are free but reservations must be made in advance by clicking here.
The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org
Senior Director of Public Relations and External Affairs