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Last week we shared the story of Louisville being host to local non-profit Anchal Project, in a partnership with Philadelphia, Penn.-based clothing retailer Urban Outfitters, as they debuted their Anchal x Urban Renewal Fall Collection at the Peterson-Dumesnil House in Crescent Hill.

Another partner of the Anchal Project is New Light, whose founder, internationally-acclaimed human rights activist Urmi Basu, will be the featured speaker at the Muhammad Ali Center on Wed. Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. for the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series.

From the website for New Light:

Urmi Basu is a woman of few means facing staggering need, but her mission is clear. In her work with New Light a nonprofit organization in Kolkata [formerly known as Calcutta], India  that works to save girls from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and to improve lives of the children of sex workers, she is dedicated to righting wrongs, one at a time.”On a global scale the problem of prostitution is so complex and huge that I would be completely overwhelmed if I think about it. Urmi says “I choose to reduce the aperture of my vision and concentrate my energy only on things that I can do.”

It is the grass root nature of New Light that best underscores Urmi’s conviction about helping others. Altough many believe money is the only way to help, Urmi knows otherwise. “I have seen people helped just by a word of kindness or a moment of attention,” she says. “In a larger context we can move governments and authority by raising a voice and taking an active interest in our communities”

Half the SkyBasu’s work with New Light was featured in the 2012 PBS documentary “Half the Sky,” based on the novel by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn.

Her grass root efforts have brought the attention of the world to Basu. In 2001, she was selected to make a presentation during the visit of the former President of the United States Bill Clinton. In 2009, Basu was chosen as a recipient of a blessing from His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Following the Half the Sky documentary, Basu received the Global Citizen Award at the Global Music Festival in Central Park, New York. More recently, she was a part of the core team that met former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her visit to Kolkata in May 2012.

And soon our community will be able to hear her story. The Muhammad Ali Center selected Basu for a special Wednesday presentation of their Daughters of Greatness series.

The Ali Center describes this program:

Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

Details for the event Wed. Nov. 6 from the Ali Center:

The Daughters of Greatness event will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the program will follow from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Tickets are $20 for Ali Center Members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students with I.D.s, and $200 for a table of 10. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Erin Herbert at 502.992.5341 or [email protected]

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