World Trust's 2nd Annual Benefit Gala
"And Still We Rise: Stories of Movement & Belonging"


Come celebrate the resiliency of community as 
we work together towards racial justice and healing

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Arrival & Registration 6:00-6:30 pm

Program begins promptly at 6:30

Evening closes at 9:30 pm

At the Historic Sweet's Ballroom



Melanie DeMore, Vocal Activist

Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

Embodiment Project Hip Hop Theater Dance Company 

Mary Watkins, Composer and Pianist

Storyteller Awele Makeba

A Talk by Shakti Butler on Movement and Belonging 

Exclusive preview of our current film project "Justice & Healing" 

Delicious food prepared by renowned local Oakland Chefs 

Live Auction & Paddle Raise 

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    Singer Melanie DeMore
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  • Composer and pianist Mary D. Watkins
  • Storyteller Awele Makeba
    Storyteller Awele Makeba

Join Us For An Evening in Downtown Oakland at the Historic Sweets Ballroom
Rich with the History of Past Legendary Performers

A Special Message from Shakti Butler

Dear Friends,

At this critical time in our country’s history, the work of justice and healing has never been more vital or relevant. Each day it seems there is another tragedy, another op-ed, and more pundits on television debating the issues. The challenge is learning how to effectively institutionalize structural change that is prompted by developing new narratives that speak to a culture of belonging. Today we’re asking for your support and partnership in our ongoing work to create racial understanding and equality.

We warmly invite you to attend World Trust’s Annual Fundraising Gala:

“And Still We Rise: Stories of Movement and Belonging”

Saturday, October 24th 6:30-9:30pm

At the Historic Sweet’s Ballroom in downtown Oakland

This special evening will celebrate the growing movement towards a society of belonging, where all people have a place. This event raises critical funds for our work, helping us to move forward with our next film on restorative justice, bringing our services to schools, community organizations and other non-profits at an affordable cost, and deepening our impact overall.

For more than 25 years, World Trust has produced some of the most widely used educational materials in the field of diversity work. Through the powerful medium of film, we have provided schools and universities, faith based institutions, communities, businesses and non-profits with tools that deepen, expand and catalyze opportunities for building racial equity. The issue of race in our country cannot be addressed through legislation alone. Hearts and minds need effective support to work through the complex issues of racism, and that is what we specialize in.

 As a national community, now is the time to create a new narrative and a new story—one where all Americans are safe and protected, valued for their unique cultures and gifts, and one where we can thrive together. Please join us.


With Love For Justice,


Shakti Butler, PhD

Founder and President

World Trust Educational Services


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