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By Macy L. Freeman
September 7, 2010


Actress Victoria Rowell to Discuss the Power of Women

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2010) Victoria Rowell, award winning actress and author of the New York Times Best Seller “The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir,” will join Howard University’s First Lady Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau in a conversation about the power of women.  The discussion, co-sponsored by members of Howard’s “Women As Change Agents” (WACA), will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and will take place in the School of Business.
Victoria Rowell

Well-known for her 17-year run on the CBS soap opera, “The Young and The Restless,” Rowell began her acting career on programs such as “The Cosby Show.”  She was cast as Drucilla Winters on “The Young and The Restless” in 1990-2007 and played Dr. Amanda Bently on “Diagnosis: Murder.”

Rowell was born May 10, 1959 in Portland, Maine.  A former foster child, she founded an organization “The Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan” (RFCPP) in 1990.  RFCPP is a non-profit established to assist children in foster care by offering them scholarships, encouraging their potential, and exposing them to various disciplines specifically in the arts.  In 2006, Rowell was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Southern Maine for her dedication to helping children in foster care.

Following the evening’s discussion, Rowell will sign copies of her book.  In “The Women Who Raised Me,” she describes growing up as a foster youth and how her many mother figures shaped her into the woman she is today.

This event is open to members of the Howard University community.

WHAT: Women As Change Agents
WHEN: Sept. 15, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Howard University School of Business


DeAnne Bradley, media relations intern, contributed to this release.

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