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On Friday, March 14, over 300 people were in attendance for the New Legacy Leader Project’s (NLLP) launch at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to watch critically acclaimed actress and NLLP co-founder Madeline McCray give a performance worthy of a standing ovation in the form of her one-woman play, “A Dream to Fly,” which is inspired by the life and times of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman aviator in the country.

Following the play, there was a panel discussion featuring Olympic legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee, mental health activist and NLLP co-founder Terrie M. Williams and fitness and nutrition expert Terahshea McCray.

Everyone in the audience applauded the play, and many shared their personal journeys of mental and physical health. The community discussion served to educate, inform and promote healthy lifestyle choices and raise health consciousness.

The event sponsors included Macy’s, HealthFirst, Father’s Incorporated, ACE Media Corp, WNYC, the New York Amsterdam News and Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop.