NEW BRITAIN - Former first daughter and author Chelsea Clinton and Nelba Marquez-Greene, the founder of the Ana Grace Project, will participate today in “Love Wins Because She Persisted,” an intimate conversation on fostering girl leaders and how love wins in the community and more at Central Connecticut State University.
A limited number of tickets are still available to the free event which begins at 4 p.m. in Welte Hall at . Clinton’s books, “She Persisted: 13 American Women who Changed the World” and “She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women who Changed History” will be available for sale during the event. Clinton will sign books for audience members with tickets immediately after the presentation in Student Center’s Alumni Hall.
The event is a collaboration between CCSU and the Ana Grace Project, named after Marquez-Greene’s daughter who was killed with her first grade classmates in the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. The university and the Ana Grace Project have worked together throughout the past year to adopt schools, respond to community needs and create projects promoting the “Love Wins” spirit, school officials said.
The presentation by Clinton and Marquez-Greene is part of a month-long celebration of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene who would have been 12 this month.
During the event, CCSU’s University Singers, an a cappella group, will perform and children from around the state will read excerpts from Clinton’s book about women who persisted and succeeded, often changing the world in the process.
Three students from Slade Middle School in New Britain, Naturalle Joanna Peets, Isara Collins, and Taliah Green, will be reading portions of Clinton’s book on Ruby Bridges, the first African American child to attend a segregated Southern school in 1960, and Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both houses of the United States Congress. They will also read a portion on Florence Griffith Joyner, the three-time Olympic gold-medal track star who revolutionized women’s sprinting.
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