Press Release



Los Angeles, California, November 30, 2017 – Author/Social Justice Activist Susan Burton is traveling across the country this week to participate in award ceremonies and conferences. Her cross country journey will culminate on December 3, with her return to Los Angeles to welcome A New Way of Life supporters and honorees to the organization’s 19th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony.


Ms. Burton has been named by Ebony Magazine as an Ebony Power 100 Luminary for her activism and founding of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL), a non-profit organization that provides housing and support to formerly incarcerated women for successful re-entry and family reunification, in addition to working to restore the civil rights of all formerly incarcerated people and empowering, organizing and mobilizing advocates for social change, civic engagement and personal transformation.


Friday, December 1, Burton will participate in the annual celebration in Hollywood, California. The Ebony Power 100 ceremony is a time where Ebony magazine salutes and celebrates Black Excellence. The list is compiled by the editors of Ebony magazine and it includes the names of individuals that have had a positive impact on the African American community over the past year. Each honoree is not only considered to be a leader in their field but they are regarded as some the most influential African Americans in the country.


The Ebony 2017 Luminaries are defined as neighborhood motivators and worldwide influencers that encourage the paths to truth and light while promoting positivity that changes how one views the world and one another. Other honorees in this category include Oprah Winfrey, Chance the Rapper, Kamala Harris, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, and more.


Saturday, December 2, Burton will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the 41st Annual Legislative Conference for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). She is nominated for the caucus’s most prestigious award, the David P. Richardson Jr. Nation Builder Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to and laid the foundation for the political progress of African Americans. Vernon Jordan, Dr. Dorothy Height, Forest Whitaker, and former President Barack Obama are among past recipients.


Sunday, December 3, Burton returns to Los Angeles to host the 19th Annual ANWOL Gala and Awardsceremony to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments of the past year and to honor champions of the movement to end mass incarceration.


Burton’s debut memoir, “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women,” has received tremendous national attention. The success of the book has garnered several awards including the Goddard Riverside Stephen Russo Book Prize for Social Justice; and an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Literary Work-Biography/Autobiography.”


ANWOL and “Becoming Ms. Burton” have served as avenues for Ms. Burton to spread her message of social justice and fight for the rights of incarcerated people. To support this mission, please join her for Sunday’s Gala:


Claire S. Arcé

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