Pastor Kelvin Sauls and Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls (Cora J. Fossett/L.A. Sentinel)

Holman United Methodist Church will host “Women Rising: Organizing Power for the Advancement and Achievement of Racial Justice, Gender Equality and Economic Equity” on Saturday, March 31, at 9 a.m., on its campus located at 3320 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles.

According to Pastor Kelvin Sauls, the purpose of the free event is women empowerment and the goal is to educate, promote, and uplift all women of Los Angeles.

“This 2018 Women Rising event is a platform to provide women with inspiration, motivation, validation, and information related to women’s issues. Women will learn about health and wellness, how to improve and enhance their self-esteem, educated on legislative processes and how to thrive in a safe circle of sisterhood,” said Sauls, who worked with four co-chairs to develop the agenda.

The co-chairs are realtor and certified mediator Juanita Hamilton, community advocate Diane Mitchell Henry, empowerment enthusiast Faredeh Hutchinson and physical therapist Danielle Wortham.

Program participants include keynote speakers Noubese Flint, policy director and manager of Reproductive Justice Programming; and Dr. Gail Wyatt, clinical psychologist and UCLA professor.

Serving as panelists are the Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls, Holman UMC first lady; Heather Hutt, district director for Senator Kamala Harris; Barbara Perkins, author and co-founder of the Los Angeles African American Women Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI); Dr. Condessa Curley, board member of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation; and Cassandra Chase, co-founder and director of Read Lead for Literacy programs (Freedom School). Margaret Prescod, host of Sojourner Truth Radio, will serve as moderator.

Also, Gwendolyn Poindexter, author of “Zoe the Short-Necked Giraffe” and entrepreneur Jasmine Gant, creative director and founder of, will participate.

To RSVP or learn more, call Joni Arlain at (323) 731-7285 or visit