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AUGUST 29, 2013
African American Network Against Alzheimer’s to Partner with Award-Winning Playwright Garrett Davis
Davis, Founder of the Forget Me Not Project, Brings Innovative Approach to Advocacy in Effort to Fulfill Network’s Mission to End Alzheimer’s by 2020
Washington, D.C.—The soon-to-be launched African American Network Against Alzheimer’s – part of the USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network – today announced a partnership with Garrett Davis, an award-winning playwright, Founder of the Forget Me Not Project and CEO of Gdavis Productions. Davis is a 2012 recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocate of the Year Award for his commitment to raising awareness of the disease through the Forget Me Not Project – an initiative that features programs such as the Alzheimer’s Lunch & Learn Series, Health Fair, Town Hall Meetings and his critically-acclaimed stage play Forget Me Not. Davis’ stage play, Mama’s Girls, also won numerous awards in the urban theater industry for the unique way it addresses caregiving in the African American community.
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Garrett whose innovative approach to health advocacy will help us fulfill our mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, the fourth leading cause of death for older African Americans,” said Stephanie Monroe, Director of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s. “In addition to our elected officials, many communities, researchers and even physicians are unaware of Alzheimer’s disparate effect on African Americans. Together we plan to empower people to raise awareness and to demand action towards making this statistic a memory.
Davis is one of the Founders of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s, a group consisting of leaders from across the United States who share the commitment and passion to seek an end to Alzheimer’s disease by 2020. The Network’s Founders represent a wide diversity of interests and expertise, and are led by four distinguished Honorary Co-Chairs including:
• Reverend Al Sharpton, Director of the National Action Network;
• Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General of the United States;
• The Honorable Kay Coles James, Former Director of the Office of Personnel Management; and,
• Ms. Melody Barnes, Former head of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council.
“I am extremely excited to be a partner of this Network, which is focused on the very people that need education and resources the most,” said Davis. “As African Americans, we are twice as likely to get this disease, and efforts to raise awareness in our community need to be twice as effective.”
Gdavis Productions and the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s will present Davis’ thought-provoking stage play Forget Me Not on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center Theatre in Washington, D.C. at 7:00 pm, as part of the programming during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference. Ticket information is available at http://www.africanamericansagainstalzheimers.org/events.
About The African American Network Against Alzheimer’s
The African American Network Against Alzheimer’s, an affiliate of USAgainstAlzheimer’s, will be formally launched on September 18 Black Caucus’s ALC. It’s goals are: (1) to unify the powerful voice of the African American community on the issue of Alzheimer’s disease; (2) to arm African Americans and others who are committed to the mission of ending Alzheimer’s by 2020 with the information and easyto-use connections needed to be heard by the public, in Washington and in state capitals, and by industry leaders and the research community; and (3) to engage and connect a network of individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to mobilize the energy of African Americans in advocacy efforts that advance our national commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. To learn more visit http://www.usagainstalzheimers.org/networks/african-americans
About Garrett Davis and the Forget Me Not Project
Garrett Davis is a critically acclaimed actor and playwright, as well as the CEO of Gdavis Productions and founder of the Forget Me Not Project. Garret was inspired to start The Forgot Me Not Project after losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.
It is the mission of The Forget Me Not Project to raise the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in all communities; to enhance the capacity of and support caregivers while educating the general public with special emphasis on underserved communities where health disparities exist. You can also find out more about Garrett Davis and the Forget Me Not Project by logging on to www.fmnproject.org