In celebration of Women’s History Month, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC will speak about transforming grief into action. She is the founder and executive director of the Philadelphia based non-profit organization, Mothers In Charge. Mothers In Charge is a grassroots organization working for violence prevention, education and intervention for children, young adults, families and community organizations. Johnson-Speight founded the organization after the 2001 murder of her 24-year-old son over a parking space. She believes if people want to prevent violence, they have “to realize they have to be the change they want to see…We’re all affected indirectly, no one is really safe until we’re all safe.” Mothers In Charge has gained national attention and is rapidly spreading to other cities throughout the country. It is comprised of courageous mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters, many who have suffered the horror of losing a loved one to violence. These brave women have found the strength to turn a personal tragedy into a catalyst for change. They “chose to turn their private heartbreak into shared action and use their pain and anger to make a difference. They remind us what a powerful force women can be.” (Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund). Villanova University’s Center for Social Justice Film recently debuted a documentary featuring Mothers In Charge.