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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

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Girls Inc. Joins “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh and Girls Inc. National Scholar Speak on the Freedom to Prosper


New York - August 22, 2013 – Girls Inc. President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh and Girls Inc. National Scholar Shantia McCarthur joined social change leaders and current and former Presidents in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Judy Vredenburgh and Shantia McCarthur spoke to one of the day’s themes, “Freedom to Prosper in Life,” and how it inspires Girls Inc. to foster strength and resilience in girls so they can bring about dynamic change for themselves, their families, and communities. They called on others to join them in unleashing the potential of every girl to discover and realize her dreams, particularly girls of color.

“It is a tremendous honor to be a part of the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and to stand where Dr. King inspired so many”, says Judy Vredenburgh. “The girls we serve today are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow and we are inspired by Dr. King’s message to ensure they are prepared to break past any limitations and work towards freedom for the next generation.”

Shantia McCarthur, 18, is a Girls Inc. scholarship recipient from Girls Inc. of New York City, where she gained economic literacy and college preparation skills, mentoring, and confidence to overcome stereotypes about her ability to achieve. As the first in her immediate family to attend college, she is proud of being a role model to others and a representative for girls, saying, “It is amazing to represent all the girls who Girls Inc. serves and African American girls across the country in speaking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For me, freedom means the right to get a good education, share my voice equally, and achieve greatness.”

The “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration & Call to Action began with an address from President Obama, President Bill Clinton, and President Carter. The ceremony concluded seven days of events commemorating the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.    

About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at

For more information about the 50th Anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech, please visit The King Center website at To stay in touch with updated details, participate with the following: Twitter; Facebook; Pinterest; and Instagram The Hashtag is #mlkdream50.