Menbe said she feels especially connected to the March for Our Lives movement because of a terrible family tragedy. When she was just eleven years old, her mother was shot and killed in front of her. She says that it hurts her heart to the core every time she hears a child has been exposed to violence in his community; it brings her back to the day she lost her mother.
Menbe would like to share her story with the children of Richmond, her story of hope and overcoming incredible odds to achieve her dreams, but, most importantly, she wants to share her love and care for them.
The Richmond College Prep students will meet in front of Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter National Park Maritime Building, 1014 Florida Ave. Richmond, CA 94804 at 10:30 am for a short rally and photos. Then chartered buses will take them to Saluté.
A little bit more about Menbe Aklilu:
ORIGINALLY FROM ETHIOPIA, a family tragedy took young Menbe to Italy for refuge where she spent many years working as a maid and a cook. Eventually she was able to emigrate to America, and, in 2002 she began working as a hostess at Saluté E Vita. She was promoted to manager and she leaped to become the owner of the restaurant.
MENBE BELIEVES giving back to the community is an essential part of who she is. Over the years she has hosted over 13,000 struggling veterans, homeless people, and low-income women and children to a free, three-course Thanksgiving dinner at her waterfront restaurant. She has received many awards for her dedication to the community.
Please click here https://marchforourlives.com/mission-statement/ for more information about March for Our Lives
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