San Leandro, CA ( — When President Obama was elected he asked Americans to help restore the country. Oakland, California native, Sarah O’Neal Rush, great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, has not forgotten her pledge to do just that. Rush is the founder and executive director of Booker T. Washington Empowerment Network (BTWEN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. From July 30, 2010 – August 7, 2010 she will lead eight youth and three mentors on a Freedom Journey, a rite of passage, following the footsteps of her great-grandfather from slavery to freedom.

Rush comments, “To break generational cycles of destruction among young people across America, we must tell them who they are, and where they come from. I know from personal experience that there is power in their history that will move them forward – from self-destruction to self-love, and empower them to respect their lives, their culture, education, and their community.”

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