Graça Machel, Freedom Fighter And Mandela Widow, Joins Danny Glover At Harlem MIST -- Friday

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Featuring Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique Graça Machel; Activist and Actor Danny Glover; Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Jo Menell and Shared Interest Executive Director Donna Katzin

Moderated by BET Network’s Michaela Angela Davis at Madiba Harlem at MIST on May 15

Shared Interest, a leading New York-based nonprofit social investment fund and Madiba Harlem at MIST will co-host the panel discussion “Women and Youth:  Driving Development in Southern Africa” moderated by award-winning journalist Michaela Angela Davis with speakers Graça Machel, former first lady of South Africa and Mozambique; Danny Glover, actor and human rights activist; Jo Menell Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Donna Katzin, founding executive director of Shared Interest on Friday, May 15 at 11:00 AM to 12 PM, at Madiba Harlem at MIST, 46 West 116th Street. The event is free to the public with pre-registration by May 13. 

It will be filmed by BET News. For more information, please visit or

“Women and youth in Southern Africa are beginning to transform their communities, countries and region,” said Donna Katzin, executive director of Shared Interest.  “From small businesses and farms to townships and cities – they are quietly making news and making history.”

Graça Machel, the widow of both former South African president Nelson Mandela and  Mozambican president Samora Machel, is an internationally renowned advocate for women's and children's rights. In 1997, she was made a British dame for her humanitarian work. Her lifetime of humanitarian work ranges from her impact as Mozambique’s Minister Education and Culture to the stewardship of Nelson Mandela legacy. Today, her own foundation, The Graca Machel Trust, works to eliminate gender inequality, uphold the rights of children, and empower women and their communities in Southern Africa and beyond.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Jo Menell, through his provocative television series, Street Talk, builds a conscious and inclusive society through media and “gives a voice to the voiceless”.

“We are honored to join Shared Interest in welcoming Graça Machel  to Madiba Harlem at MIST to discuss the urgent issue of women and children in South Africa,” said Carlton Brown, owner and president of MIST Harlem. “Our institution has a mission to be a space that advocates the visibility of culture, politics, education and economics of the African Diaspora.”

“Women and Youth:  Driving Development in Southern Africa” is free and open to the general public, but all attendees must pre-register by May 13.  For more information, please visit or

The panel discussion is sponsored by BET and Bloomberg Philanthropies. It will be moderated by BET and filmed for BET News.


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