Pearl S. Buck International is proud to announce receipt of a $2,500 grant from the Central Bucks West High School Philanthropy Today Club “to promote peace, celebrate cultural diversity and educate youth on race and gender relations in our community.”
The grant, funded by the Norman Raab Foundation Philanthropy Today program, will enhance the Pearl S. Buck High School Leadership program, open to students in grades 9-11 interested in making a difference in their community.
The High School Leadership Program continues Pearl Buck’s legacy of building bridges between cultures, said Janet Mintzer, President and CEO of Pearl S. Buck International.
“We are so honored by this grant,” Mintzer said. “These young philanthropists really did their homework. We appreciate their support for our programs providing local students with opportunities to appreciate other cultures and transform lives through service.”
Pearl S. Buck International hosted its 12th annual Taste of the World gala, featuring 28 area food and beverage purveyors that generously donated their fare to a hungry crowd of more than 200 attendees.
Top Taste winners for entrée and dessert include Plumsteadville Inn and Amy’s Creative Cake. Fan Favorites were Mei Ting and Owowcow.
The evening raised more than $74,000 to build better lives for children around the globe and provide local opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures.
Philadelphia Mural Arts Founder Named 2016 Woman of Influence
The 2016 Woman of Influence award celebration honored Jane Golden, founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. For more than 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create more than 3,800 works of public art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.
The Woman of Influence celebration, inspired by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, recognizes women who make outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life and expanding opportunities for children and women around the world.
The celebration, first held in 1979, has honored notable women including Beverly Sills, Lois Burpee, Toni Morrison, Corazon Aquino, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sheryl WuDunn, Laura Bush and, in 2015, Pamela Rainey Lawler, founder of Philabundance.
Comic Books Unmasked: A Look at Race provides a historic look at the portrayal of different races in comic books, from past to present. Pearl Buck’s character Johnny Everyman was the first superhero to address race relations, thereby shaping the future of the comic book industry.
Buck was on the editorial board of DC Comics and also wrote for Real Facts Comics, published between 1946 and 1949 to promote education through comic books. DC Comics, in cooperation with The East and West Association, published in spring, the Johnny Everyman story in 1945. The East and West Foundation was founded by Pearl Buck and her husband Richard Walsh during World War II to help Americans and Allied forces understand Chinese and Indian cultures. Through this organization, Buck led the charge against colonialism and racism in Asia and in the United States during World War II.
In addition to the Johnny Everyman comic books from the Pearl S. Buck International archives, the exhibit features many non-traditional superheroes, of all nationalities and genders, are displayed in the exhibit.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Pearl S. Buck and Race: A Cross Cultural Conversation
On Sunday, May 3, 2015 Pearl S. Buck International convened a distinguished panel to lead a cross-cultural conversation about race in America at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.
Pearl S. Buck and Race: A Cross Cultural Conversation engaged the audience as Pearl Buck’s writings on equality and inclusion presented her perspective and guided the conversation. Sponsored by the Lomax Family Foundation, the diverse panel included Dr. Peter Conn, Vartan Gregorian Chair in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education; Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University; Margaret Chin, Vice Chair of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and Asian American Women’s Coalition; and Julie Greenberg, Rabbi and social justice activist. Sonia Sanchez, poet, playwright, activist, educator and Lorene Cary, author, educator and social activist read the Pearl S. Buck selections; Laura Lomax moderated.
The event began a conversation that Pearl S. Buck International will be continuing through future Cross Cultural Conversations events at other locations. For information on sponsorship opportunities for these events, please contact Laura Lomax at 215-249-0100 x128.
2015 Woman of the Year
Pearl S. Buck International recognized Philabundance Founder Pamela Rainey Lawler as the 2015 Woman of the Year, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at a special presentation and dinner sponsored by Milestone Bank in the Garden Pavilion.
The Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year award honors women who, like Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, have distinguished themselves in their career, devotion to family and pursuit of humanitarian goals. Pamela Rainey Lawler truly walks in Pearl Buck’s footsteps and has influenced the lives of countless women, children and families since she founded Philabundance in 1984. The organization has grown to become the region’s largest hunger relief agency serving more than 65,000 individuals every week.
Pamela joins a distinguished group of 31 honorees including Audrey Hepburn, Laura Bush and Toni Morrison who have been a positive influence to others who have witnessed their selfless acts, dedication and commitment.
11th Annual Taste of the World
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