ZAMI NOBLA Relaunches Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund
Atlanta, GA – December 21, 2013 - ZAMI NOBLA is excited to announce the relaunch of the Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund. From 1995- 2008, the international fund was administered by ZAMI: Atlanta’s Premiere Organization for Lesbians of African Descent based in Atlanta, Georgia. During that time, the organization awarded over $200,000 in scholarships and expenses to out LGBT students of color.
Since that time, ZAMI has changed its name and its mission focusing on national issues of aging for black lesbians. The current Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to black lesbians 40 years and older living anywhere in the contiguous United States. The awardsare designed to recognize those students who are demonstrating leadership and making significant contributions to the LGBT and or aging communities. ZAMI NOBLA wants to support and encourage their continuing education by providing scholarships to those women enrolled in accredited technical, undergraduate and graduate programs.
ZAMI NOBLA Speaks Up for Black Lesbian Health Disparities
As women marginalized by race, gender and sexual orientation, Black lesbian elders sit at the fence line of oppressions that increase invisibility and negatively impact health outcomes. Black lesbians speaking for themselves will facilitate the design of appropriate interventions that respond to their lived realities, meet their expressed needs and significantly ameliorate health disparities. ZAMI NOBLA: National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging issues an urgent call for local, state and federal governments to strengthen and reinforce policies and practices that work toward filling the gaps in the public’s knowledge about lesbian aging and health and helps make visible the lived experiences of Black lesbians. We believe a better understanding of both risk and resilience in this population is a critical step toward developing effective models for their care.
MARY ANNE ADAMS, Founder and President
ZAMI NOBLA: National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging
READ the policy brief at: http://www.sageusa.org/newsevents/release.cfm?ID=76
“We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.”
– Audre Lorde
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