The Black Cotton Foundation Announces Its 2015 Dr. Betty Bahiyah Shabazz Award Recipient

Inspiring Domestic Violence Survivor Receives Award for Her Many Achievements and Her Message of “Live 4 Love”

Newark, NJ, June 23, 2015 --( The Black Cotton Foundation announced today that Purple R.E.I.G.N. CEO and Founder, Asia D. Smith, will be the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Betty Bahiyah Shabazz Award early this summer. The Dr. Betty Bahiyah Shabazz Award is given to a person or family whose life and actions became a positive light in our community, despite suffering a great loss or facing many overwhelming obstacles of their own. It is a motivational award designed to encourage people to pursue their dreams in spite of life’s challenges and hurdles.

Asia D. Smith is a very inspiring woman who's message and life example is empowering women all over the country. ‎A near fatality domestic violence victim, Asia overcame that experience and decided to start Purple R.E.I.G.N. Social Service, a not-for-profit advocacy agency that provides multidisciplinary empowerment services and preventative strategies to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Asia is also a high demanded columnist, author, speaker, and panelist. She is also heralded as a NJ Hero, an honor bequeathed by New Jersey's First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

"It is truly an honor for our organization to present Asia with our Dr. Betty Bahiyah Shabazz Award," said Raheim Singleton, ‎President and Founder of the Black Cotton Foundation. "I really love her drive and passion to empower, not only victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but people in general. As we remember Dr. Betty Shabazz today, I hope she's smiling down on the next person who will carry on her legacy, as Asia personifies what Dr. Shabazz epitomizes; turning tragedy into triumph.

Asia D. Smith will be presented with the Dr. Betty Bahiyah Shabazz Award during an award ceremony on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in New York City at 7:30pm; she will be joined by the Jasmina Anema Youth Award recipients Gabrielle Jordan and Mo'ne Davis. For more information about the Black Cotton Foundation or the Award Ceremony, please call 718-415-0523.

About The Black Cotton Foundation: The Black Cotton Foundation is a community-related, 501I(3) non-profit organization based in Newark, NJ. Its mission is to promote and produce programs and events that will have a positive and profound impact in our community, and to educate people through ‘observation and participation.’ Their programs and events are geared to benefit the poor and working class communities of New York and New Jersey—specifically focusing on children by teaching them unity and teamwork—and helping them to build a supportive community.

About Purple R.E.I.G.N. Social Services: Known for delivering the highest levels of excellence, Purple R.E.I.G.N. Social Services (Purple REIGN) is a 501(c)3, non-profit advocacy agency established in 2008 to provide multi-disciplinary empowerment services and preventative strategies to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since inception, Purple REIGN has provided services to over 1,000 victims/survivors; along with technical assistance, sensitivity training, seminars, capacity building, and workshops on the importance of healthy relationships, while providing interdisciplinary forums to instruct officials of the judiciary, first responders, healthcare practitioners, educators, civic leaders, community stakeholders, and service providers, to articulate various perspectives: on research findings, service delivery, intervention mechanisms, and effective responses to prevent, counter, and eradicate violence.
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Raheim Singleton