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Edna Kane-Williams

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Edna Kane-Williams has over 20 years of experience in senior management positions in nonprofit and for profit organizations. Her career has had a particular focus on the needs of older adults and multicultural communities. She serves as vice president, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, at AARP, focusing primarily on outreach to the African American/Black community.

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Fight Is on for Voter Registration

Posted on 08/7/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Your LifeThey called it Freedom Summer – 10 weeks in 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local activists in a historic effort to end the vestiges of racial oppression across the South, including what PBS described as “one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.” That state was Mississippi. And before it was over, three men — James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner — were viciously beaten and killed by the …

Wendy is 50 and Fabulous!

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Your LifeShe was her usual chic and dynamic self. But since it was her birthday, she was even more exuberant. Yes, Wendy Williams just turned 50. And the iconic daytime talk show host whose name is synonymous with cutting edge entertainment is now — as she proclaimed — “The new face of 50!” AARP is delighted to have shared the momentous occasion with her. Yes, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and I celebrated with Wendy at her star-studded party. Chaka Khan …

Saved by the Arts

Posted on 07/23/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Your LifeWhat happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? That poem, among the most famous by Langston Hughes, was written in 1951. A prelude to the civil rights movement, it is among the quintessential examples of how arts …

Let’s Celebrate Black Fatherhood!

Posted on 06/12/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Home & FamilyHe is often the most overlooked member of the family. And in American culture, though he is often misrepresented, his role is undeniable. Across the nation, black fathers are coming home from work or seeking work every day. Some are wearing neckties, some coveralls, a company uniform or whatever is required for their occupations. These men are involved in the lives of their children and families, who look up to them, who are inspired and protected by them, and who …

Wisdom from DC Mom of the Year

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Home & FamilyWhen Louise Battle’s husband died, their son was 7 and their daughter, 12. The grief was deep, but through her leadership and abiding faith, her family has not only maintained, but soared. Twenty-four years later, Dr. Battle, an ordained elder at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., is witnessing the fruit of her faith and diligence as she was named the D.C. region 2014 “State Mother of the Year” by American Mothers Inc., a D.C.-based national organization that …

For Mother’s Day, Reflections on Single Motherhood

Posted on 05/2/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Home & FamilyStephanie M. Clark and her 12-year-old daughter were the typical single-parent family in America. Divorced since her daughter was 3, Stephanie worked hard to provide for their household in North Brunswick, N.J., trying to make a go of her own marketing business. In the evenings there was the routine of making dinner, doing homework, then going to bed. But, one evening, something happened that would forever change her relationship with her daughter. As Stephanie scurried around the kitchen, cooking dinner, …