No Wedding No Womb!â„¢ Announces Advisory Board
Grassroots organization working to quell the 73% Out-of-Wedlock Epidemic in the Black Community announces advisory board
San Diego, Calif. (February 14, 2011) — Christelyn D. Karazin, founder and organizer of No Wedding No Womb! â„¢(NWNW), an initiative to raise awareness and reduce the rate of African American children born to single-parent households, announced the members of its advisory board.Â The board consists of Speech Thomas, lead singer of two-time Grammy award-winning Arrested Development, Sophia Angeli Nelson, political pundit, columnist for Ebony and Jet magazines, and author of the upcoming, Black Woman, Redefined, Dr. Linda Malone-ColÃ³n, Chair of the Psychology Department at Hampton University and the former Executive Director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, and Elizabeth Marquardt, vice president for family studies and director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.Â These four individuals will be lending their expertise to NWNW as it forms into a non-profit organization.Â All four board members will be working with NWNW to find solutions to fatherlessness in the African-American community.
â€œNWNW is a grassroots movement.Â Weâ€™re focusing on the African-American community because out-of-wedlock births is at the highest rate among blacks than any other race in the U.S.â€ says Karazin. â€œOut-of-wedlock births is not just a black problem, however, it affects all Americans economically.â€Â One of NWNWâ€™s initiatives is to provide an educational platform for young people to learn about healthy relationships and self respect, an area that Karazin believes contributes heavily to the problem of children born without two-parent homes.Â The new advisory board will be providing guidance in developing this program and other programs for NWNW.
Lyn Twyman, non-profit consultant and domestic violence advocate, has also partnered with NWNW as strategist.Â If you or your organization is interested in becoming a NWNW sponsor, please contact Lyn by email at nwnw92210 (AT) gmail (DOT) com for more details.
About No Wedding No Womb!
No Wedding No Womb!â„¢ is a grassroots initiative to help reduce the estimated 73% out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.Â It is a call for both men and women to take into account the trauma that motherless and fatherless children experience.Â NWNW advocates that men and women abstain from fathering and mothering children they cannot financially, emotionally and physically care who are subsequently more susceptible to dropping out of school, abuse, drug addiction, crime and imprisonment.
On September 22, 2010, over 100 bloggers, artists and entertainers participated in the NWNW initiative by creating blogs and videos about the OOW epidemic.Â On the night of the launch, the No Wedding No Womb! Twitter hashtag (#NWNW) was tweeted over 100,000 times.Â It was covered by the Associated Press, NPR, Essence, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and hundreds of other newspaper, radio and online sites.
The NWNW website is www.noweddingnowomb.com
About Christelyn D. Karazin, founder and organizer
No Wedding No Womb! was created in homage to her oldest child, who was born out-of-wedlock, to inspire her and all children like her, to do better, reach farther, and expect more. For more information, interviews or commentary about NWNW, contact founder Christelyn D. Karazin (951) 203-1313 or email at karazin(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. For a full list of participants and FAQs go to www.noweddingnowomb.com.