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AARP Honors Inspiring Leaders During Black History Month

Some leaders have an enormous impact on their communities through their actions and initiatives. This Black History Month, AARP honors the leaders who are giving back—and giving strength to—their communities.

Throughout the month of February, AARP will feature remarkable Black leaders who are prioritizing the well-being of their communities as they give back through education, housing assistance, community outreach, and other ways. Here are the leaders who will be featured:

  • Dr. Imani Woody founded Mary’s House for Older Adults to help secure affordable housing for older LGBTQ+ people. The organization provides LGBTQ+ SQL-friendly, communal, and affordable community environments to adults age 60+.
  • Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s organization, Molo Village CDC, helps generate Black wealth with job opportunities within the Russell neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Raymond A. Jetson’s organization, MetroMorphosis, works to strengthen the communities it serves through mobilizing citizens, creating fair and equitable processes and systems, and giving community members the tools and resources, they need to participate in those systems.
  • Ify Nwabukwu founded the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association to help African immigrants overcome the barriers that make accessing health care, especially cancer treatment, more difficult. The organization, which addresses disparities in education, prevention, and care.
  • Hope Harley is co-founder and president of the board of directors at the Bronx Children’s Museum, which is a New York City institution. She helps educate children in the area about the borough’s notable places, cultures and history through dance, art, literature, and science.

The multimedia campaign will span print, video, radio, social media, and digital.  AARP state organizations will also highlight local leaders who deserve recognition for their outstanding service to their communities.

To learn more about these community leaders and their journeys, visit And to find local Black History Month events in your community, visit

Are you inspired to make a difference in your own community? Visit for volunteer opportunities, ideas, and inspiration.

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