Stacey Dash will keynote our annual banquet this year. An outspoken advocate for the vulnerable and the preborn who has repeatedly faced a pro-abortion majority in Hollywood, she defies societal stereotypes -- much like the woman she portrays later this year on the silver screen: Dr. Mildred Jefferson.
MCFL's 2019 Banquet is less than 4 weeks away on Thursday, October 24th. Now is the time to reserve your table and tickets before we fill up.
Our theme this year, love in action, could not segue more smoothly with Stacey's headlining the event and her historic role as Dr. Jefferson. For those who do not know the history, Jefferson was the first woman -- and black woman -- to graduate from Harvard Medical School. But she was much more.
She was a woman with a backbone of steel and a deeply passionate heart; whiplash smart; an unerring defender of human rights, which she rightly defended on every front, excoriating racism in the same breath as opposing abortion.
"I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman," she remarked, "and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live."
Sometimes, both love and action are words heard to mean inoffensive or uncontroversial.
But to tell the truth, and to love real human beings -- the privileged and unprivileged, the planned and unplanned, the "perfect" and imperfect, the politically cool and the politically peculiar, is to rock boats and make waves.
Yet Dr. Jefferson promoted protecting the vulnerable with an elegance unmatched by any contemporary, and perhaps by any individual to follow her. Stacey Dash dove into this role, one of the many reasons we are so excited to have her headline our event.
Director of the film, Cathy Allyn, told me in a conversation not long ago, “In our research and speaking to those who knew Dr. Jefferson, she was described as a woman who exuded an elegance that matched her intelligence. Stacey embodied those elements perfectly.“
Including her own work to defend the preborn, and lobbying for authentic women's healthcare, and support, Stacey is set to be one of our highlight speakers in our 40+ year history.
Stacey -- and Dr. Jefferson -- are women who make and made history.
They did it with love, with action, and with elegance, speaking the truth. They did not bow to the popular or the easy, nor to the angry or combative. That's a model we can all follow, and it's one we're looking forward to seeing and hearing in person October 24th for our annual banquet.
We hope to see you there!
Check out the exclusive trailer of the film, Roe v. Wade below, slated for release in April 2020.
Reserve your seats by going to the events tab above
for the 2019 Annual MCFL Banquet -
Love in Action
October 24th, 6-9pm at the Norwood Four Points Sheraton.